Spring marks the beginning of new growth and a fresh start. Shopping at your local farmer’s market is one of the best ways to get the most delicious, seasonal produce while supporting the community and helping the environment. It’s not only a great way to experience (and taste) new things, but also to get outside for a fun and relaxing afternoon and celebrate Earth Month!
Celebrate Earth Month
And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand. Changing the world starts by changing your own little corner of it. Your passion and energy are infectious. They are exactly what the movement needs to inspire individuals, communities, cities and countries all over the world. And one simple way to ignite change and inspire others is to shop local.
Eating foods grown near where you live, known as being a locavore, has become popular as people want to support their local farmers and learn more about their practices. Keep these tips in mind next time you head to the farmer’s market to buy fresh produce.
Get to Know the Farmers
Connect with your local farmers and ask questions. Find out what kind of pesticides they use and how they keep their produce free from bacteria (and other contaminants). Also ask how they store the food and how they test for ripeness. You can even get some inspiration from the farmers about new and exciting ways to prepare your favorite vegetables and fruits.
Get to Know What’s In Season
Keep your eye on what fruits and vegetables are in season so you can eat your local favorites when they are at their peak. In season produce for the spring includes:
- Barbados cherries
- Butter lettuce
- Collard greens
- Fava beans
- Green beans
- Manoa, red leaf and spring baby lettuce
- Mustard greens
- Peas & snow peas
- Purple & white asparagus
- Swiss chard
- Vidalia onions
Source: Fix.com Blog
Plan Your Shopping Trip
As you plan your trip to the local farmer’s market, think about some delicious recipes and make a list. Keep this handy “shelf life” list in mind to avoid spoilage:
Short Storage (2-3 days)
Produce that lasts 2 to 3 days on counter: Peaches, nectarines, apricots, tomatoes, beefsteak and cherry tomatoes, avocados, pears
Produce that lasts 2 to 3 days in refrigerator crisper: Lettuce, baby greens, spinach, Swiss chard, berries, cherries, gooseberries, currants, ramps, eggplant
Moderate Storage (5-7 days)
Radishes, mushrooms, sun chokes, artichokes, fresh garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic scapes, gooseberries, kale
Long Storage (Up to 2+ Weeks)
Apples, carrots, onions, garlic, honey, jams, olive oil
Making the Most of Your Visit
If you end up becoming a regular at your local market, you might just find yourself enjoying a few benefits only available to customers who get to know their farmers by name. So head on out to support your local farmers and get involved with the community.
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