The farmers market is both a fun and healthful way to add fresh foods to your diet. Most people buy their food from the supermarket, it is simply more convenient sometimes. What they don’t realize is that 80% of supermarket foods are processed. Processed foods, as many already know, are bad for your health. First of all, they contain a lot of chemical preservatives that accumulate in the body and can eventually cause various forms of cancer. Second, processed foods contain a lot of sugar. It is best to stick to the outside aisles in a supermarket because that is where the fresh whole foods are usually found.
If you want to eat a healthy diet you should focus on fresh foods such as those that you get at the farmers market. These foods come directly from the farm and since they have’nt undergone any form of processing they don’t contain any chemicals. Any sugar that is contained in these foods are natural sugars. In fact, everything that you need to make a meal can be found in the farmers market. You will find fresh, farm-bred meats, chicken and sometimes fish. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh nuts to snack on between meals.
Farmers markets are seasonal in most areas and close down in the winter months. But with a little preparation and a couple of weekends you can pickle or preserve enough food to carry you through the winter. All you need is enough storage space. If you don’t know how to preserve foods there are plenty of recipes available online. You can also freeze foods so that all you need to do is defrost and cook.
Too busy to go to the farmers market? If you cannot find time to do this you can find someone to deliver. Many farmers markets are run by co-ops and they have people who deliver groceries for a small fee. It’s well worth the effort and supports the local farmers too. Remember, the closer the food is to your home, the more nutrients it will retain. Eat fresh.