PLUOTS, AND SUNCHOKES, AND RAMPS … OH MY!

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Are you looking for fresh and tasty food to enjoy this spring and summer? Do you want in-season fruits and veggies, picked at their peak? If so, you may want to skip the grocery store and head to a farmers’ market.

At most farmers’ markets you’ll find local growers selling fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs. Some also may offer eggs, cheese, nuts, and honey from their farms. These markets can be a great place to stock up on fresh, nutritious, and delicious food for you and your family. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Fresh: Most of the time, farmers’ market foods are grown close to the market. That means they don’t need to be shipped long distances and stored in a warehouse, losing vital nutrients each passing day. Instead, the fruit and veggies come straight from nearby farms. Often, they are picked just a day before the market. Less time spent shipping and storing the food means the food is fresher.
  • Nutritious: Fruit and veggies sold at grocery stores are often picked before they are ripe. This is done to help the food survive long trips and storage. At farmers’ markets, since produce doesn’t have to be stored for long, it can be picked at peak ripeness. When fruits and veggies ripen on the plant, they fully develop all their vitamins and minerals. This helps to make them more nutritious.
  • Delicious: Fresh, ripe produce is a lot tastier than food that’s been sitting in storage. Just take a bite from a tomato that has ripened naturally on the vine. Then, compare the taste with one ripened in a box in the grocery store.

You’ll also find a better variety of fruits and veggies at the farmers’ market. Most grocery stores only sell produce that will ship well. But farmers that sell locally don’t have to worry about that. Look for foods you haven’t seen before, and ask if you can try a sample. Also, ask about the best way to prepare and serve the produce.

To find a farmers’ market in your area, you can go to LocalHarvest.org. This website can help you search for the markets closest to you. Happy shopping!