Posted on Jul 26, 2016
‘Tis the season of farmers markets! It doesn’t get much better than fresh, local produce. Doing your weekly grocery shopping at one of the several farmers markets located in the Fox Valley this farm market season might just be the best thing you can do for yourself and your community! Here’s why:
Fruits and vegetables begin to lose nutrients once picked. So if you’re eating carrots grown on a farm 12 miles down the road rather than from a store that had them shipped from a different state, you’ll be getting a bigger bang for your buck. Fresh-from-the-farm foods are as real, healthy and tasty as it gets!
This is in comparison to most of the food that you’ll find at your grocery store, which is generally quite processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, etc. And that’s not even taking into account what happens to food to keep it fresh during transit! Many local farmers take pride in using sustainable practices to ensure the freshest and most nutritious food possible for community members to enjoy.
Today’s food industry is ruled by big companies, which doesn’t leave much room for small family farmers to compete. Buying local gives these farmers a fighting chance!
So, what are you waiting for? If you haven’t already, get out and explore one or more of these fantastic Fox Valley farmers markets this summer and into the fall!