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Buy Local and Eat Healthy from Organic Farmers Markets

May 03 2013

Market place foods

It seems like it is becoming a monthly thing to hear about an outbreak of some kind of food borne illness. One month the health department tell Americans avoid ground beef; the next month it is cantaloupe; the following month its purple grapes or oranges. It gets to the point where people no longer want to eat certain types of food. For various reasons that might be attributed to insecticides or dubious methods to make livestock grow larger, many people are turning to organic foods and organic farmers markets to get their food. In addition to that, many people are giving up meat all together and becoming vegetarians. If people are trying to eat healthy, it might be advantageous to join a local food network, join a food movement, or buy and eat locally. In fact, by purchasing from organic farmers markets and other local farmer markets, people may not only be healthier, but they will be supporting the local economy, as well.

Organic farmers markets provide patrons with fruits and vegetables that are grown naturally, which means there is nothing unnatural or artificial added to the soil; and perhaps most importantly, the fruits and vegetable are grown in fields and orchards that are not treated with insecticides. As such, when people purchase produce from organic farmers markets can have the piece of mind that their food will be safe from anything unnatural. For people who enjoy the produce that can be purchased from organic farmers markets, what do they do during the fall, winter, and most of the spring? The answer to that might be to buy fresh produce online.

For people who live in colder climates, they can join CSA farms online. CSA farms, or community supported agriculture, have long been known to provide fresh, locally grown product to their members. Although it seems like a strange concept to buy local food online, if one cannot support their local farmers, why not support local farmers elsewhere? Furthermore, by joining CSA farms, one can still buy from organic farmers markets, and also find produce that is not available in their regions.

Farmers Markets Are All The Rage

Apr 19 2013

Fresh food market

When you decide to eat locally grown food, you are helping a local produce provider. Supporting local business is important because of the originality it brings to a town. When you are only dealing with chain grocery stores you will miss out on a unique fresh food market.

Visiting local farm markets can be a great Saturday morning activity. You should roll out of bed early and head over to one of the local meat markets and have a great selection to choose from all for a low local price.

If you are looking for organic products, visiting an organic farmers market will most likely ensure that you will find the products you need. Finding organic heirloom tomatoes is not always easy, but looking at farm markets will give you a much more likely chance of finding them.

While you might think that the number of farm markets has gone down over the past few years, it has actually gone up. In 2000 there were 2,863 farm markets and ten years later there are 6,132 farm markets.

In addition to all the fresh and locally grown produce that is a available at farm markets there are also other things that you can buy, too. Farmers markets also offer different types of pasta, fresh fish and different herbs and spice to purchase. All of these unique things that you might not be able to find at your average grocery store can be found at a local farmers market.

Whenever you are reading articles about food you should look out for new additions to the farmers market community. With all the growth that the small industry has experienced, there are definitely announcements about new markets that are offering more products. The more markets you are able to visit the more opportunities you will have to pick up unique items.

Farmers Markets Are All The Rage

Apr 19 2013

Farm markets

When you decide to eat locally grown food, you are helping a local produce provider. Supporting local business is important because of the originality it brings to a town. When you are only dealing with chain grocery stores you will miss out on a unique fresh food market.

Visiting local farm markets can be a great Saturday morning activity. You should roll out of bed early and head over to one of the local meat markets and have a great selection to choose from all for a low local price.

If you are looking for organic products, visiting an organic farmers market will most likely ensure that you will find the products you need. Finding organic heirloom tomatoes is not always easy, but looking at farm markets will give you a much more likely chance of finding them.

While you might think that the number of farm markets has gone down over the past few years, it has actually gone up. In 2000 there were 2,863 farm markets and ten years later there are 6,132 farm markets.

In addition to all the fresh and locally grown produce that is a available at farm markets there are also other things that you can buy, too. Farmers markets also offer different types of pasta, fresh fish and different herbs and spice to purchase. All of these unique things that you might not be able to find at your average grocery store can be found at a local farmers market.

Whenever you are reading articles about food you should look out for new additions to the farmers market community. With all the growth that the small industry has experienced, there are definitely announcements about new markets that are offering more products. The more markets you are able to visit the more opportunities you will have to pick up unique items.

CSA Farms Bring Let Cities Eat Locally

Mar 27 2013

Farm markets

With farmer markets and CSA farms popping up in cities and towns all across the country, it has never been easier to eat local. Grocery stores, restaurants, and local meat markets have also started carrying more locally grown food, as the demand for locally sourced food grows. CSA farms have also taken a proactive step in allowing people to buy shares of the produce harvested, and bring to places for people in the city for pick up.

Food movement has always been a problem for food distribution in America. By the time produce from a food producing area, like the Midwest, has reached farm poor cities, like Los Angeles, the food is no longer fresh. Additionally, moving food across the country has a huge environmental impact, creating tons of emissions a year. With the increased popularity of organic farmers markets and CSA farms shares, it has become much easier to eat local, environmentally friendly food. Some cities, like Northampton, Massachusetts, have even dedicated small pieces of land to create city wide CSA farms.

There are only a couple of downsides to CSA farms shares, if you can even consider them that. The first is availability. Not every farm has the capabilities to produce enough crops to distribute them all year round. In areas with cold, harvestless winters, that means the CSA farms can only produce 7 or 8 months out of the year. This is not the case for every farm, some are able to store produce for the winter, and some have bounties of squashes and Brussels sprouts to feed their shareholders in the winter. The other possible downside, though others really like the idea, is that many CSA farms require their shareholders to put in time working on the farm. Many people simply do not have the time to dedicate to the one or two days a month that is required.