In the last few weeks seasonal Farmers Markets are showing up in communities. Hobby farmers have produce available and now is the time to visit your local farmers markets to reap the harvest, enjoy fresh local produce and support local business. Here are a few reasons shop the local market:
Know where your food came from
Purchasing from a local farmer you probably know right where the farm is, and you can talk to the farmer about how the food was grown. You can find out if it was fertilized or not. Most importantly you can learn a little bit about the people who are growing the food to help feed the community.
Fruits and vegetables that come directly from the farmers market can be more
flavorful than those found at your local grocery store because they are the freshest available. Many times your produce is picked that day and brought to the market straight from the garden. There are no added preservatives, colors or flavors in the food you get at the market!
Best in-season options
The fruits and vegetables brought to the market are indicative of the seasons that fresh-vegetables we live in. Asparagus, spinach and strawberries in the spring, corn and melons in the summer and squash and pumpkins in the fall. You get to experience the freshest flavors of each season. Get to know the seasonal produce and plan meals around what is currently in season.
Support and connect with the local community
Most markets in local communities are set up and run by a non-profit or a volunteer organization- find out who operates the one in your community and consider supporting their efforts. Visiting the market is a great opportunity to not only purchase fresh product but support other community efforts. Many markets partner with other artists, musicians and local businesses at the same time offering food, entertainment, and learning experiences for kids, adults and families. You can check with your local market to see if they have a schedule of events happening in your community.
Put healthy stuff in your body
Food in the grocery store can be highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of these practices may have negative effects on human health. Most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible.
The Keosauqua Farmers Market is held every Tuesday 4-6pm in the Keosauqua City Park- May 22nd- October 9th. You can follow their weekly activities on their facebook page here.
The Albia Farmers Market is held every Friday 4-6pm on the Courthouse Square Lawn- May 25-October 12th.
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