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Enjoying The Hard Work Of Our Local Farmers

story by Doug Smith

A regular trip to the local farmer's market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible. In addition to purchasing fresh fruit and berries, don’t hesitate to try exotic produce, too. As we head into a season where more variety is available, our family gets to enjoy the benefits of early summer’s bounty in vibrant color. From yellow or green zucchini, purple tomatoes, leafy greens, or red onions, each provides vital nutrients. Whether we eat them as a snack, on a salad, or in a smoothie, it’s important to have five servings of fruit and vegetables per day.  At each farmer's market booth, you can openly discuss how the farmer uses sustainable techniques or how growing heirloom varieties that pack big flavor or interesting color will make your meal better. You can rest assured that most are out in the field picking produce right before the market to ensure you get the very best they have to offer. For me, I really enjoy meeting and talking to the farmers and food artisans as I shop the market. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about how and where our food is produced. This also is a great opportunity to learn about the people who work hard to bring us the most delicious and nutritious food around as well as what’s coming out of the garden over the next few weeks. These same farmers and artisans are often as passionate about cooking as they are farming. Rest assured you can get plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling.  As I talk to customers and farmers at the market, I can’t help but think this is our community hub. A place to meet up with your friends as well as bring your children and animals. Remember to come hungry because there are always assorted food trucks to tempt your taste buds. Sit and take in the excitement of the local market. 

Get more from Doug Smith by following him on Facebook and Instagram at "Doug the Food Guy".

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