Shop at Your Local Farmers Market—TakePart TakesOn

Shop at Your Local Farmers Market—TakePart TakesOn

Next time you shop, be sure to visit your local farmers market.

You know the old saying, “you are what you eat”? Well, it’s true. None of us has a perfect record in eating whole, fresh, sustainable, humanely killed, hormone-free, GMO-free food all the time (ok, a few of my colleagues might) but for our own health, the health of our families and the health of our communities, it’s important that we try.

Easy first step: buy your produce at a local farmers market whenever you can.

Why? Food from farmers markets tastes better. And who wouldn't prefer a seasonally ripe tomato that’s sweet and juicy to one that is mealy and flavorless?

It also supports local farmers and bypasses mass-produced and packaged goods. Plus, in general, famers market produce contains fewer chemicals, has traveled less distance (better for the environment!) and is better for your health.

Coming from someone who is not a great cook, farmers market shopping also provides me a lot of cooking inspiration. When I see delicious-looking artichokes or radishes or cherries, all I have to do to figure out how to prepare them is talk to the farmer who sold them to me.


FIND A FARMERS MARKET NEAR YOU! Our guide local farmers markets is just one click away.

RECIPE IDEAS: If you’re looking for delicious, good-for-you recipes, we’ve got ‘em.

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