YOUR LOCAL FARMERS MARKET PUTS YOU IN TOUCH WITH YOUR COMMUNITY AND WITH REAL FOOD
You’re likely to see your local farming family, like the Hoovers (Hooverville Orchards, Placerville, CA, or the Perez family) all pitching in to get the farm fresh produce out and about.
This is where Real Honest to Goodness takes place: Real Food without hormones, pesticides, wax, sprays and irradiation. Certified Farmers Markets foster the community as well as the farmers who grew your nourishment, because without them there is no food. Farmers markets and farms are vital to the community and its economic sustainability. Local restaurants rely on farm fresh produce and are quick to explain “locally grown” to customers who today seek fresher and healthier menu choices. Farmers know that good food does not come in a box. We need to teach children that delicious fruit does not grow inside a grocery store. You will often meet the whole family or at least part of it. The other half may be at another market location that same day.
Farm families often work all week, picking, planting, planning, and constructing within their farmland. Summer weekends are devoted to sharing their bounty, Mother Earth’s bounty, with you. You have the opportunity to meet and talk to the people who grew your food. This is your chance to bring your family and encourage them to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables…the very ones they can pick out themselves.
You will run into friends, neighbors and perhaps make new acquaintances. This is an activity much more important than talking politics, or shopping for shoes. You can taste before you buy, and even get a discount if the farmer is smart enough to have “ugly fruit” for a better price. You can find out exactly how the food was grown, and satisfy your concerns about food safety or problems growing your own vegetables.
You will find more than fruits and vegetables. It’s an adventure discovering local honey, for example, not any from far away lands that are laced with sweeteners and chemical preservatives.
“If it came from a plant, eat it;
if it was made in a plant, don’t. ”
― Michael Pollan