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TIP OF THE DAY: Farmers Markets

This tip comes from Alissa Dicker Schrieber, The Kitchenista:

We love shopping in farmers markets. The pleasant environment, the food and the ability to buy directly from the grower can’t be beat.

Everything is super fresh, often picked (or caught) just the day before. The food is locally produced: It doesn’t travel across the country (or across continents) to get to you. And since the variety of fruits, veggies, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, breads, etc. is always changing, shopping at farmers markets can add instant variety to your diet.

Best of all, when you bring home great-tasting, high-quality fresh ingredients, your job becomes much easier. With some simple, unfussy cooking (often, merely some chopping), you can look like a culinary genius. The food already tastes great!

  • For the best selection, arrive at the market early. Certain items sell out very quickly.
  • That being said, farmers will often offer specials and discounts toward the end of the day, when they’re getting ready to leave.
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    Look for dandelion greens in spring farmers
    markets. An excellent source of calcium
    and vitamins A and C, they contain more iron
    than spinach. Enjoy them in a salad.

     

  • A good plan is to start by walking through the market in one direction, to see what all the vendors are offering. (Who has the best strawberries? Who has better prices?) Then, reverse your direction and purchase what looks best.
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    Find a farmers market at LocalHarvest.org.

    While you’re there, click on the CSA tab to learn about Community Supported Agriculture. It has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Participants get a weekly box of seasonal food, ensuring that they get the freshest fruit and produce and guaranteeing an income for the farmer.

      




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