Want Fresh? Buy Local.

February 28, 2010

I’ve been going to the farmers’ market for about a month now, and man – local, fresh produce lasts so much longer! Before this I bought most of my fruits and veggies at Trader Joe’s. And while I love TJ’s (that’s what you call it if you’re a regular), I always felt like their produce went bad really quickly – often before we could even eat it all. And I hate throwing away food. Talk about flushing money down the toitey. But the produce that I get a the farmer’s market? Fuggedaboutit! I am shocked by how much longer it all lasts.

And it tastes so much better too! The difference in flavor is incredible. I don’t know what I was eating before, but it certainly wasn’t fruits and vegetables. They looked like fruits and vegetables, but they did not smell as good, and definitely did not taste as good. There really is something to be said for shopping at the farmers’ market. You can support local farms and businesses, make healthier choices for you and your family, save money (because things don’t spoil and need to be replaced as quickly), and have tastier produce – all in one spot. It really is a win-win.

Now fruits and veggies from the farmers’ market don’t look as pretty as the stuff from the grocery store, but that’s partially because they lack the waxy film of pesticides that gives produce that sheen. And besides, it’s all about what’s on the inside anyway, right? At least that’s what my mommy always told me.

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Image Source: Hesser, Mollyann. “Buy Fresh Buy Local.” Image. TheBigHH.wordpress.com Publication date unknown. 07 Mar. 2011. <http://thebighh.wordpress.com/page/18/>.

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