Throughout 'National Nutrition Month' in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to "Go Further with Food" by choosing foods that are healthy for your body and environment. Shopping locally at Farmer's Markets is one way to "Go Further with Food".
Food purchased at local farmers markets often is more affordable and tastes better than at commercial grocery stores because it is locally grown and naturally ripened. When you shop at farmers markets, you are cutting out the middleman (the grocer store) and paying the farmer directly. You will be buying produce in season and in its freshest form. This is a great way to get fresh produce at a lower cost. Buying locally grown food also helps conserve natural resources and has a minimal effect on the environment. Some farmers markets are even open year-round!
Try talking to the local farmers at the market about fruits and vegetables. They will often share how the food is grown, growing cycles, what it tastes like, and they can help give ideas of different recipes to prepare with the food.
Plan ahead when you shop locally. Bring a shopping list and purchase foods you know how to prepare. You can buy certain product (like blueberries) in bulk and freeze it for when the produce is not in season.