This weekend, I was so happy to get some time to go to my local farmer’s market in Riverside, CA.
They had so many delicious fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade breads, custom blended spices from organic herbs, plants and much more!
I can’t always go to this market, but when I do, I notice how much better my food looks than when I buy it from the local grocery store.
I do try to buy organic, but I find that it’s so expensive and, being a young girl in my 20’s, I am not made of money.
So, I am advising to everyone who has this problem to buy fresh, not organic!
Organic foods are not even really much better than conventional foods other than the fact that, yes, they do protect you from harmful pesticides and things, but there is no proof that you’re getting more nutrients than with conventional options.
When you buy fresh at your local farmer’s market, however, you are getting food that was likely picked fresh from the vine ( or bush or tree or whatever!) and will naturally have a higher nutrient content than something that has been shipped from God knows where to your local grocery and has likely been sitting for at least a couple days if not weeks before you purchased it.
Also, contrary to popular belief, buying at your local farmer’s market is not expensive.
It’s actually pretty cheap!
I managed to buy a whole lot of veggies for not too much money.
It certainly isn’t more expensive than your local grocery store.
Aside from your local market, you can also join Community Supported Agriculture, AKA CSA, where you pay a monthly fee and receive a box of their harvested crops each week. For those who live in the USA, check out LocalHarvest.Org – here – to locate farms near you who participate in a CSA program. You can also locate farmer’s markets near you on there or participate in the many online programs such as Farm Fresh to You and have fresh goods shipped to your doorstep.
If you are in another country, simply type “community supported agriculture” or “local farmer’s markets” followed by the name of your city, province and country into google’s search bar and you should be able to find what is available in your area.
Do you participate in a CSA or have your own favorite local farmer’s market?
What are your thoughts on this?