One of my favorite summer activities is going to the farmers market or stopping by a roadside stand for some fresh fruits and vegetables. Of course, the food is delicious, but that’s not the only reason to stop. Here are five reasons you should buy your fruits and vegetables from the farmers market or a roadside stand.
1. Your food has a story.
When you always buy your food from the grocery store; you start taking it for granted. You may even forget that someone took the time to plant the seeds, watch it grow, and harvest it – all so that you can enjoy your salad or fruit plate.
2. You get to meet the farmers who make your food.
One of the great things about buying from a farmers market is that you can actually meet the farmer who put in all the work so that you can enjoy your next meal. Suddenly, those tomatoes or watermelons aren’t just tomatoes and watermelon. They are John’s tomatoes or Ellen’s watermelons. You can get to know the farmers. Ask them about their crops and the year they had. Ask them any questions you have about pesticide use or any other concerns you might have. Most farmers are more than willing to tell you all you want to know about their products.
3. The sights, sounds, and smells are like none other.
Going to a farmer’s market isn’t like going to a grocery store. Farmers markets are alive with sights, sounds, and amazing smells. Musicians play their instruments on the corner, while children stick their noses into beautiful fresh flowers, delighting their senses. Farmers markets are full of motion and the vibrancy of people and fresh food coming together.
4. It’s a great way to teach your kids about healthy eating.
Taking your children to a farmers market is like taking them on a mini-field trip. It gives parents an opportunity to talk to their kids about healthy eating and how fruits and vegetables go from being a little seed to being a part of their meal.
5. Some of the best summer meals come straight from the farmers market or a roadside stand.
When I was growing up, my mom would stop by a roadside stand and come home with the most delicious fruits and vegetables I’d ever eaten. These were some of my favorite meals. Just give me some fresh corn on the cob, fried okra, ripe tomatoes, and cantaloupe, and maybe some peaches with ice cream for dessert. You just can’t beat a good summer meal like that.
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