Top Reasons to Visit a Farmers’ Market

The idea of a farmers’ markets has existed for a long time now, ever since suppliers of food and other products congregated 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 provide local, fresh food 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 in transit for approximately 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this movement takes extensive amounts of natural resources (particularly fossil fuels), adds to pollution, and results in 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 travels shorter distances and is normally grown using methods that are better for the environment.

Buy Seasonal Food

Increasingly more people in the United States are leaning towards a more seasonal form of eating, where one eats what is locally available in season. Research show that consuming seasonally available food is better for your body, owing to fact that humans ate seasonal produce for thousands of years before refrigeration and freezing revolutionized our consumption habits. Nonetheless, eating produce in season is more preferable. 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.

Inexpensive Organic Fruits & Veggies

Food is a basic need for the human body to function in top shape. You can check out numerous 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 a few cases they will even allow you to come and visit their farm.

Get Some Sun Exposure

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 best at boosting immunity, promoting healthy bones and skin, and boosting serotonin, hence reducing the risks of depression.
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