May 31 2010

The Joy of Farmer’s Markets!

Going to the Farmer’s Market is one of our favorite things to do.

As many of you know, the kids are up early, so why not get out of the house and let them run around the Farmer’s Market?!

They love to help pick out fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Noah recently discovered a popcorn stand, so that’s actually the first stop. We move on to strawberries from there.

There are usually street performers who seem to cast a spell over little ones!

Here are a few tips to help make your trip a success.

Come Prepared –

Bags – No need to waste bags. Bring your own grocery bags as well as smaller bags for produce. You can bring bags from cereal boxes. I use Ecobags made of organic cotton. They are reusable and washable.

Wagon – a wagon is useful for carting around the kids and what you purchase.

Water bottles for you and the kids.

Going to the Farmer’s Market is a great way to ensure that you are eating locally and supporting your local economy.

It’s also a great way to learn more about the food you eat. The farmers are right there to answer your questions. You can ask how the food is grown, what they like to cook with what vegetables, if they are certified organic. Often farmers are using organic practices but they are not certified organic because it can be expensive to get certified.

Getting there early is helpful so you get the best produce. Just remember to do a quick once-over before you purchase. There’s nothing worse than buying something, only to find a better, cheaper version a few stands over. Well, perhaps a slight exaggeration, there are actually a few things that are worse, but you get what I’m saying.

In the not too distant future NACM will have forums where everyone can upload links to your favorite Farmer’s Markets and show your own videos of your FM adventures!

For a list of farmer’s markets in your area, check out localharvest.org

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