Top 5 Foods To Purchase at Farmer’s Markets This Summer

Summertime always means sunshine, lake days, and of course, farmer’s markets!

I don’t know about you but I look forward to perusing through the farmer’s markets looking at all the delicious, local foods and handmade arts and crafts. Walking past all the different vendors can sometimes be a little overwhelming, especially when everything looks so colorful and delicious.

Below is a list of some of the best foods that you can buy at your local farmer’s market.

Local honey

Local Honey

Two words that are good to be aware of when looking for honey are raw and local.

Raw honey is honey that has not been heated or pasteurized and contains natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Local honey contains a blend of local pollen that can help strengthen a person’s immune system as well as decrease symptoms of pollen allergies. It can also be a natural antiseptic, reduce the lifespan of colds, contains healing properties, and helps to tame/manage the stomach flu.

Eggs

Farm Fresh Eggs

Farm fresh eggs contain less cholesterol and saturated fats than store-bought eggs. They also contain more vitamins A, D, E, and omega-3 fatty acids and beta carotene. All of these nutrients can help with day to day functions and can assist in preventing multiple chronic diseases.

Tomatoes

Homegrown Tomatoes

If you are anything like me, there is nothing better than a homegrown tomato fresh out of your garden. Tomatoes are full of lycopene, which is great for reducing overall systemic inflammation because it helps to combat all of the free radicals in our bodies.
FResh Berries

Fresh Berries

Just like all the above-stated foods, farm-fresh berries just have better flavor – its that simple! Freshly picked berries are also more nutrient-dense. Over time, the nutritional value of fruit decreases due to increased exposure to air, artificial lights and temperature changes during transport. Picking local, fresh fruit also decreases carbon footprint, making it better for the environment as a whole.

Pristine Spices

Most store-bought spices often contain: concentrated toxic pesticides, GMO’s, synthetic anti-caking agents and/or chemical additives. They also can be treated with hazardous chemicals and can have decreased medicinal qualities compared to fresh spices. By buying fresh spices at your local farmer’s market, you can decrease the chance of any of the above.

Is your mouth watering yet? I know mine is!

Not only do you get better flavor and more nutrient-dense foods, but you are also supporting your local community by shopping local. Now, more than ever, it is important to do our part to keep our small businesses alive.

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