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Enjoy Foods from Field to Table

Summer is almost over, school has started and fall clearly is on the way. Time is running out to enjoy the good weather in North Dakota, so why not spend some of the time you have left in a fun and healthful way: shopping at a local farmers market?

Shopping at a farmers market has a lot of benefits. Here are some reasons to purchase fresh food at your local farmers market:

  • You are supporting local growers. You never know who you might see or have a conversation with at the farmers market. These people are your neighbors, friends and maybe even family. Why not support them by buying some delicious food? It’s a win-win situation.
  • The food is fresh. Spruce up your dinner table with some fresh produce. Visit a farmers market if you aren’t sure what vegetables are in season. The food you will find is going to be in season and straight from the field or garden. For example, you might be able to find delicious squash, plump pumpkins and juicy tomatoes now.
  • You can spend time with your kids. Farmers markets are a great way for your family to get out of the house and spend some good-quality time together. Farmers markets often are open on weekends, which is convenient for the whole family to go together. Attending as a family also exposes kids to healthful food and likely will increase their desire to try new food. The kids get to see where their food is coming from, and they can help select the food.
  • The food is healthful. The fruits and veggies you’ll find at your local farmers market are good for you because they are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • Farmers markets offer more than just produce. Baked and canned goods, fresh-cut flowers or even eggs can make an appearance at some markets. And don’t forget about the sense of community you will find.
  • Farmers markets are fun. Shopping at farmers markets makes getting groceries an enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/FarmersMarkets-ND if you want more information about farmers markets, including the location of the one nearest you, when they are open or how to start your own farmers market.

 

By Walker Lee, NDSU Community Nutrition Intern

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Sponsored in part by the Sanford Health Foundation.

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