Why I Love Farmer's Markets
Hey, Hey Fitties! This past year, my approach to buying healthy food changed drastically. I've come to the realization that if I want quality and nutrient rich food, then I have to be willing to fork over some dough. Don't get me wrong, I love a good deal, it's just that now I appreciate all of the work that goes into cultivating food. Farmers spend lots of effort, time and money to provide us with real food and as the saying goes "pay the farmer now or pay the doctor later." As soon as I started to look at the cost of groceries as an investment in my health and the livelihood of farmers in my community, I stopped feeling guilty about spending $4 on a batch of berries.
As I became more and more committed to living a healthier lifestyle, I found myself spending a lot of time in the kitchen creating meals inspired by my favorite food bloggers. I learned how to master sautée my greens, make pizza from scratch and I even succeeded in making a blackberry 3-cheese pizza! I'd visit a blog every weekend for ideas and soon I noticed that my favorite bloggers were always sharing their farmers markets grocery hauls. Curious to know what all the hype was about, I set out to explore the Farmers Markets scene in New York City. I had shopped at 5 different markets by the end of one month and haven't looked back since. Not only is the food selection diverse, but I love the energy of each market and know that I'm doing some good by supporting farmers from my own community. I've written a few posts about my budget-friendly visits and you can read all about those below. According to USDA, there are over 8,600 farmers markets throughout the country!
Top reasons why I love shopping at Farmers Markets
Perfect place to buy fresh produce and learn more about how food is grown
Farmers Markets are notorious for giving out FREE food. I never leave a market without devouring some samples.
Variety. Often times when I shop at a Farmers Market, I run into a new food like broccoli raab that I’ve never seen at the grocery store. I love buying new food and learning how to prepare it.
A chance to interview your food. At a farmers market, you can speak directly to the farmer or a member of his/her team and ask some important questions i.e. Is this organic? Can I visit your farm? How should I store this? How do I cook this? What should I cook it with?
When you go to a Farmers Market, you’re using every single one of your 5 senses. You're tasting food samples, smelling the fresh herbs, touching fruits that you’ve never heard of, listening to neighbors catch up as they bag their new finds and admiring all the beautifully colored food that the earth produces.
P.S. I put together an easy to read list of Farmers markets in NYC just for you! Now you can discover which Farmers Markets are closest to you and when they're open!
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