Health Notes

Top 5 Tips for Staying Farmer’s Market Fresh

by Brenda L Herrod, MSN, APRN-BC on July 12, 2017

One of the best things about summertime is the abundance of locally-grown fresh produce. Where is the best place to find top quality food and another way to enjoy outside activity with your family? The neighborhood farmer’s market! You will find a colorful abundance of nourishing foods to get your grocery shopping done, as well as support your local economy.

Make the most of your farmer’s market experience by following these tips:

1. Be kind to the environment. Bring your own backpack, canvas tote bags or a basket. Nothing is more appealing than a basket brimming with bright green cucumbers, orange peppers, vibrant beets and shiny red tomatoes. You may need a cooler to transport staples like meats, eggs or cheese.

2. Arrive early for best selection or late for a better price. Arriving later may also mean many of the most popular goodies you want may be gone by the time you get there. If you come in the last hour of the market, some farmers may discount their goods rather than load them back up to take home.

Brenda L. Herrod, MSN, APRN-BC, Methodist Health System
Brenda L. Herrod, MSN, APRN-BC

3. Talk to the growers. Take advantage of being able to meet the farmers and ask them where the food is from, how far it has traveled, and if it is organic. Just because it isn’t labeled organic doesn’t mean it’s full of pesticides. Some of the best farms don’t go through the cost of getting certified. The farmers will appreciate your interest in their growing processes and you can feel better about eating healthy and safe food.

4. Bring smaller cash bills to pay for your items. The farmer will appreciate those ones and fives so they can provide change to other customers.

5. Try a new fruit or vegetable. Expand your horizons with something you have never tried. Variety is the spice of life, and who knows, it may become a new favorite. Ask the farmer his favorite way to prepare it if you are unsure.

Feel good about your purchases and know you are bringing home some farm fresh items at the peak of their ripeness; some that may have been harvested that very morning. You are supporting your own local economy, the hard working farmer, as well as nourishing your body with the best quality, nutrition and flavor!

Click this link for more information on buying local, including great new recipes!

Brenda Herrod is a board certified women’s health nurse practitioner,
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, C.O.P.E. Certified Health Coach, and Precision Nutrition Health Coach working with employees at Methodist Health System.
Contact Brenda at MethodistPR@nmhs.org.
Brenda L. Herrod, MSN, APRN-BC, Methodist Health System

 

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