Buying local fresh fruits and vegetables, whenever possible, is a great way to support the local economy. Purchasing produce when it’s “in season” is also the best way to enjoy the nutritious benefits. While we might be able to buy produce from anywhere across the globe, at any time of the year, doing so may not always be sustainable.
In purchasing local, produce is fresh and unprocessed. Spoilage that sometimes results in shipping long distances is also eliminated. Fresh fruits and vegetables in season not only taste better, but they’re also better for you!
Attending Certified Farmer’s Markets are a great way to take advantage of the best produce, baked goods, and beautiful flowers and plants that come directly from the farm to your table.
Always check to make sure the market you attend is certified – where all food producers must have verifiable licensing, proof of production, and meet all county and state health department regulations.
Some other helpful shopping tips:
- ARRIVE EARLY to get the best produce!
- THINK GREEN and bring a reusable grocery bags!
- TALK TO THE VENDORS about their products. How are they grown? Are they organic? What are some tips on handling, storage, food preparation?
- BRING CASH. Although some vendors have credit card machines, ATMs may or may not be close. So, come prepared!