Get the Most From Your Local Farmers Market

Get the Most From Your Local Farmers Market

(NewsUSA)- The spring brings the opening of thousands of farmers markets around the country, where consumers eagerly seek fresh, locally grown produce. Get the most out of shopping.
1. Did you grow this? The best thing about a farmers market is getting fresh-picked, locally grown produce. And nobody can tell you more about how the produce was grown than the farmers themselves. Make sure the farmers actually grew the produce versus buying it from a wholesaler to resell to you.
2. When was it picked? Choose foods at their freshest. Ripe fruits and vegetables are also typically at their peak nutrient content. Some produce like sweet corn and peas quickly begin to lose their sugars within a few days of harvest.
3. What's best this week and why? Farmers markets are more seasonal than the supermarket.
Early- and late-season produce might not be top of form.
4. Do you know of a farm I could visit? There's no better way to learn how your food is grown and why certain production practices are important than seeing it firsthand. Ask the farmers where you can learn more about growing top-quality, tasty produce.