Top Reasons to Visit a Farmers’ Market

The idea of a farmers’ markets has been developed so many years ago, ever since suppliers of food and other products convened to sell their wares in village squares. Local farmers’ markets are now available in various places, and more and more people are appreciating the benefits of being able to drive a few miles to purchase fresh produce and other products. Farmers’ markets offer local, fresh products directly from the farmer to the consumer. Below are some of the advantages of going to a farmers market.

Protect the Environment

Food in the U.S. is transported for around 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this transportation entails large amounts of natural resources (specifically fossil fuels), adds to pollution, and causes more trash with extra packaging. Traditional agriculture also expends so much more resources than sustainable agriculture and pollutes water, land, and air with dangerous agricultural by-products. Food at the farmers’ market is shipped shorter distances and is usually grown using methods that are more sustainable.
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Consume Seasonal Food
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More and more people in the United States prefer a more seasonal style of eating, where one eats what is locally available in season. Studies demonstrate that eating seasonally available food is more beneficial for your body, thanks to fact that humans ate seasonal produce for thousands of years before refrigeration and freezing transformed our consumption habits. However, eating produce in season is very beneficial. Lighter fruits and vegetables can be bough in the spring and summer, while heavier winter vegetables such as squash and parsnips provide nutrition for the cooler autumn and winter months.

Cheaper Organic Fruits & Veggies

Food is a essential necessity for the human body to function in top level. You can purchase more fresh, organic produce at cheaper prices than in a supermarket. You will also find a lot of farmers that sell products that are not technically “organic,” (since this is a costly and typically bureaucratic-heavy process), but sell a lot of cheap foods that are pesticide and herbicide free. The great thing about visiting a farmers market is that you can actually talk to the farmer, be more knowledgeable of their methods, and then decide for yourself. In many cases they will even let you come and visit their farm.

Have Fun Outside

Being outside and gaining some sun exposure to the sun can be very beneficial to your health. The sun is the best source of Vitamin D there is. Vitamin D is advantageous for boosting immunity, encouraging healthy bones and skin, and boosting serotonin, thus decreasing the risks of depression.