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Finding Your Farmers Market

posted Oct 21, 2016, 1:28 PM by
Did you know that farmers markets are not a novelty of the 21st century? That’s right! In 1806, President Thomas Jefferson bought beef, eggs, and vegetables at a farmers market in Georgetown. But in 1930, the first supermarket opened in New York, and others soon followed, making farmers markets unpopular.

Times however, are changing and farmers markets are back! This boom in farmers markets can be credited to our more recent desire to eat less highly processed foods. However, even though the market’s popularity soared, it used to be that you’d still have to go out of your way to find one, and when you did find one near you; prices for items were so high that it became very difficult to shop on a budget. That’s not the case anymore!

Farmers markets have become so popular that recently the USDA even launched a market directory to make it easier for everyone to find their local spot. Local Harvest is also a great website that connects people to farmers, so you can buy local to your heart’s content.

The great thing about farmers markets is that you usually get to chat with the farmers themselves, and clear up any questions you may have about how they’re growing their goods. And if eating clean is a big concern for you, apps like Dirty Dozen are a great bet because it lists which types of conventionally raised produce are the lowest in pesticides and which are the highest. You can find many other useful apps that will help you either find a farmers’ market or navigate one here.

Now that you have all the information you need to find your local farmers market, why not add more locally grown produce to your menu? And hurry, winter’s coming!