Farmers’ Market 101

I always believe in a farm to table style of cooking. This includes my weekly trip to my local farmers’ market. When it comes to farmers’ markets, it is important to learn a little bit about your local vendors and the produce they sell to ensure that you are getting the best quality products out there.

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You have probably noticed that the number of available farmers’ markets has significantly increased in the last couple of years. In fact, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the number of farmers’ markets has grown by 67% since 2008. This increase has been due to the increasing demand for local organic options. GO US!

Farmers’ markets attract many people not only because people are looking to support local communities as well as improve their environmental impact but because they can really learn more about how their foods are produced and exactly where they come from. But due to this increase in demand for farmers markets, you must be aware that not all markets are created equal and buying food at a farmers’ market does not guarantee quality or responsible production. This is why it is important to talk to your local vendors and find out exactly where the food or products are coming from. This will not only improve the quality of the food you buy but it will also promote quality vendors to continue to provide exceptional produce.

 

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