* This is part of a year-long weekly series called “52 Weeks to Eating better than Ever“.
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One thing that can be very beneficial for eating well is visiting Farmer’s Markets. Besides benefitting the local economy and local farmers, and decreasing pollution and the waste of plastic bags and the energy to ship food across the country or across the world, shopping at farmer’s markets can also help you to boost the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat. It also forces you to slow down and enjoy the process of selecting fresh food and preparing it.
I would encourage everyone to frequent farmer’s markets. Get on a regular schedule and go every week, that way you learn the way it works and the best way to fit it into your schedule and diet. I was recently up in North Georgia, and I stopped at a locally famous Farmer’s Market, which was packed and I got better peaches and tomatoes than you can find in the grocery store.
Again, the benefits:
- More focus on fresh fruits & vegetables
- Less pollution
- Slow food preparation, less stress, more relaxation
- Better prices in some cases
- Supporting the local economy
- Less processed food, fewer GMOs
- Locate the farmers’ markets in your area.
- Set a time to go, and a budgeted amount to spend.
- Go and repeat the process on a regular basis.
Most every state Agriculture Department will list the local farmers’ markets on their website. Georgia clearly lists the markets on their site:
I am lucky in that there are several markets close to my house, as well as a grocery store farmers market.
The Georgia organics site lists the options:
Take an extra hour and plan your trip. It will help you, and your community!
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