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Have you hugged a farmer today?

May 5, 2014 - Taste Buds
With farmers market season just around the corner, the Buds couldn't be happier! There's not much better than picking up locally-grown, fresh produce to cook up in your favorite dish.

Sustainable, organic, locally-grown produce and meats are all on trend for 2014, and it's not really a big surprise as to why. More and more research is surfacing about the problems overly processed foods can cause in our bodies, so more and more people are turning to more natural options. The Buds predict with this trend toward more natural foods, farmers markets will be bigger than ever this year.

With consumers flocking to farmers markets (we hope!), the Buds would like to remind you why supporting your local farmers market is one of the best ideas you'll have all summer.

First, and most obvious, you're helping the local economy by supporting local farmers. Not only does your support allow the farmers to continue their local growing operations, but the farmer can also make more profit on their produce by selling it directly to you instead of going through a store. And it's people like the Buds and others who buy from farmers markets who often get better deals!

The Buds also realize the quality of food you buy at a farmers market can't be topped by something you'd buy in a store. Farmers sell their produce at the peak of freshness - they know exactly how long it's been growing. There's no way to know how long the produce at a supermarket has been sitting around. In addition, you can also find foods that are difficult to find in a store. Bud Shaunna likes heading to farmers markets to buy purple kale, as it's rarely available in the grocery store. She likes this one because it's much less bitter than its green counterpart.

Buying local produce also helps the environment. The amount of fossil fuels used to transport produce from farms to grocery stores and then to your home is drastically reduced when the produce is sold directly to you.

The Buds have also bought plants at farmers markets too - just a little way they can both do their part in helping out the environment.

With all these awesome benefits, you owe it to yourself, and your community, to head over to your local farmers market and help make a difference!

 
 

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