One of my favorite activities on the weekend is checking out the local farmers' markets. Farmers' markets are a great way to find local and seasonal, organic produce to nourish your body and soul. I love browsing through my favorite vendors and checking out what's new and fresh. These journeys inspire my meals for the rest of the week. Sometimes I go on a mission for a specific ingredient and other times I let senses be my guide.
Most farmers' markets carry a variety of produce from ripe fruits and vegetables to nut butters and baked goods. I try to shop organic to stay clear from harmful chemicals and pesticides. Another added bonus is organic produce tends to have the most flavor. (I can almost always tell an organic apple from a conventional apple at first bite!) If you're new to farmers' markets, most organic stands have a big sign that clearly state their produce is "Certified Organic." Additionally, try to look for stands with lots of action. A crowded stand is usually provides good insight as to the quality of the produce. The same vendors tend to come week after week, so regular farmer's market shoppers may have a list of favorites that they always shop.
There are many benefits to shopping at farmers' markets:
I hope this post inspires you to check out your local farmer's market. If you are not sure where your closest farmers' market is, I found this website that might be helpful: https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets
Let's create balance beyond food!