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Top 5 Reasons to Shop at the Farmers Market (and Skip the Grocery Store)

April 19, 2015

Taste REAL Flavors and Nourish Your Health

The produce at the farmers market are the freshest in town. Because local farms are close, fruits and vegetables are allowed to ripen fully then directly brought to you (usually less than 24 hours since harvesting). This means no chemical sprays to help “maintain freshness” during long-distance shipping, no stimulation of the ripening process and no sitting on storage shelves.

If you’re lucky enough, you’ll even find freshly baked bread and dessert which is made with essential ingredients minus the preservatives. It’s as REAL as it’s going to get – and your health will thank you!

Combat Seasonal Allergies with Local Honey

To combat seasonal allergies, local honey is considered a fine replacement for drugs (which usually have side effects.) How it works: The idea behind eating honey is like gradually vaccinating the body against allergens, a process called immunotherapy. Local honey contains a variety of the pollen spores that give allergy sufferers so much trouble whenflowers and grasses bloom.

Introducing these spores into the body in small amounts by eating honey should make the body accustomed to them and decrease the chance an immune system response, like the release of histamine, will happen. Most farmers markets have a local honey vendor who will be able to get you on track to naturally combating seasonal allergies.

Great Gifts – One for You and One for Her

Aside from food and honey, the farmers market is also host to small businesses who want to connect on a personal level with current and potential customers. It allows you, the consumer, to see who they are behind the screen – not only giving you access to experience the product but to also understand (and most likely fall in love with) their mission and purpose. A lot of these vendors not only have a great mission but also have incredible products with a national following. Even picking up a bouquet from a local flower vendor is a simple and thoughtful gift that will brighten anyone’s day.

Protect the Environment

Did you know that food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles just to get to your plate?!?! All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Plus just growing the food with conventional agriculture uses many more resources than local and pollutes water, land, and air with toxic agricultural by-products. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.

It’s good for your psyche … and your community

Stroll outdoor with music, food, entertainment and like-minded people instead of rolling your cart under artificial lights with less-than-stellar music at the grocery store. Going to the farmers market is more of a pleasure than a chore. It makes you break away from the routine of the mundane while connecting with friends and enjoying the microcosm of small-town life pleasures – you know, the simple stuff! Plus it will get your kiddos out of the house to expend that energy – double bonus!

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