I am absolutely love farmers markets and feel so lucky to live in a city that has an abundance of them. It’s become a ritual to go to the farmers market in downtown Salt Lake City every Saturday and if I can’t make it one week for whatever reason, I feel as if I have missed out on an important part of my week. The food served there is fantastic and it’s such a thrill to see all of the different fruits and vegetables that are in season and to do my part in supporting local organizations. What’s even better is that most of the produce that is available at the farmers market is cheaper than in your regular supermarket, and generally fresher.
How the Farmers Market Helps your Health and Fitness Goals
- As I already mentioned, the produce sold at the farmers market is usually cheaper than those sold in supermarkets. A little trick is to go about 1 hour before the farmers market closes; I’ve been given extra for free or just been handed things for free, such as loaves of bread, because the seller does not want to have to bring them back.
- The farmers market encourages you to try new fruits and vegetables that you may never have thought to try before. Challenge yourself to making a meal with one new fruit or vegetable in it each week!
- The farmers market has fitness benefits too – it helps get you into the fresh air and moving. I find it so pleasant to take a stroll through the farmers market and to enjoy the fresh air while looking at everything for sale.
- Becoming a regular at the farmers market helps you get to know your local farmers who can help give you new ways to try their produce. It is also a great way to be social which is definitely an important aspect of mental health.
- Produce sold at the farmers market has not travelled as far to get to you which often means that the fruits and vegetables have more nutrients.
- This may be a matter of opinion, but I feel as if the fruits and vegetables I buy from the farmers market always taste better due to how fresh it is and the care that has gone into growing it 🙂
Do you regularly go to the farmers market? Tell me a little about what you like best about them and why YOU personally like (or dislike) visiting them. I’d love to know your thoughts!
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