Back in the olden days we had a connection to the food we ate. We knew where it came from. Just about everything we bought was in season and minimally processed. We recognized and understood the ingredients on the label, if there even was a label. Go look in your refrigerator right now. Without looking at the sticker or label, can you say where any of it comes from? Was it was grown locally (in-season by definition)? How was it produced/harvested? How much processing did it have to undergo? Can you identify and define all the ingredients on the label?
Nowadays, these questions are very hard for most of us to answer. This is bad news for our food buying decision making process. But there's good news: your local farmers market is a great way to re-establish that connection so you can make healthier choices! I had quite an interesting time when I visited one of my local farmers markets....
Right now you may be thinking, "what is she talking about, I buy fresh whole foods at my local grocery store!". If you are doing that, great! But did you consider that the fruits and vegetables you're buying may be out of season locally? If they have to travel a very long way to reach your store, did you realize the company will likely have to modify or process the food to keep it looking fresh and appetizing? Did you know most of these processes can compromise nutritional value and taste of the food?
But if you shop at a local farmers market, you can avoid this problem.
If you're thinking, "oh no, not another store, I go to enough places already" - I'm right there with you! But hear me out.
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