Why Shop at a Farmers Market

April 30, 2019



The spring is a great time to visit a local farmers market. It’s a place to find seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as fish, locally grown flowers and skin care products. You might even get to meet the people who grow the food you buy. Check out our list below on the reason why you should get your food and other items from farmers markets:

Freshly picked, in season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition.

Review the Seasonal Produce Guide to learn what fruits and vegetables are in season.

It’s a great way to get your kids involved.

Bring your kids to your local farmers market and let them pick out a new food to try. Then have them help prepare a healthy meal or snack. Teaching kids to cook helps them learn about food safety and nutrition.

Farmers markets offer foods within MyPlate guidelines.

Following the MyPlate guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion can help you find the right mix of foods and beverages to help you and your family eat healthier. Visit different booths at your local farmers market to find seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as local dairy, grain and protein products and see how they fit with ChooseMyPlate.

You can try a new fruit or vegetable!

Have you ever tasted gooseberries or rhubarb? Many farmers markets offer lesser known fruits and vegetables, providing a variety that can be nutritious and tasty. Learn how to choose and store all types of produce with the Fruit Nutrition Database and Vegetable Nutrition Database.

You can try a new recipe using fresh ingredients!

Adding fresh produce in your diet is easier than you might think. Choose recipes that have vegetables or fruits as the main ingredient — such as vegetable stir fry, or fresh fruit mixed into salads. Check out other pages on our blog for nutritionist-approved recipes.

Your body will thank you!

Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories and provide vitamins, minerals, nutrients and dietary fiber that are important for good health. If you eat a diet high in vegetables and fruit, you are likely to have a lower risk of many health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and some types of cancer.

Sources:

NY State Department of Health; U.S. Department of Agriculture, nutrition.gov.


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