NNMC Increase Produce: Visit the Farmers Market

Romanesco. An example of the interesting produce you can find at your local farmers market.

Frequenting your local farmers market is an excellent way to become more involved in your community. It also gives you access to locally grown, seasonal produce and the ability to talk directly with the farmer who grew it. Eating food that is in season and hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to your plate means that the product quality is superb. The flavor of these foods is so much better than anything else you could buy. When I hear that people don’t like a particular fruit or vegetable, I often wonder if the real issue is that they haven’t had it at the peak of freshness. You may find that you enjoy something that you previously thought you didn’t like at all. Another plus is that you’ll be able to purchase produce that you can’t find at the grocery store. From heirloom varieties of the classics you already know to vegetables you may have never heard of, the options will amaze you. Having this kind of variety in your diet will help to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, keep you from getting bored with your meals, and allow you to discover your knew favorites. To find a market in your area, check out Local Harvest or the USDA National Farmers Market Directory. Happy shopping!

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