You wont get closer to fresh fruit and vegetables than when attending a farmers market. If you haven’t been to one before or its been a while since your last trip click here to find a market near you.
Locally grown food is full of flavour. Crops are picked at their peak of ripeness, they are not harvested early in order to be shipped and distributed to your local retail store. Its ripe and ready to eat!
Eat seasonally. Even though its handy to have all your favourite fruit and veg available all year round, there is no better time to get it then when it is in season. They are full of flavour and taste loads better than any available in the wrong season and have travelled thousands of miles and picked before they were ripe.
More nutrients. Local food has a shorter time between harvest and your table, and it is less likely that the nutrient value has decreased. You are more often able to get organic produce from smaller farms that don’t have the same demand as larger farms.
Supporting the local economy. The money that is spent with local farmers all stays close to home and is reinvested with businesses and services in your community.
It benefits the environment. By purchasing locally grown foods you help maintain farmland and green and/or open space in your community.
A safer food supply. The more steps there are between you and your food’s source the more chances there are for contamination. Food grown in distant locations has the potential for food safety issues at harvesting, washing, shipping and distribution.
You can talk to the farmer. You can ask how they raise and harvest the crops. When you know where your food comes from and who grew it, you know a lot more about that food. This is a great way to involve kids in knowing everything about their veggies.