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Easy access to fresh, locally grown foods adds a variety of flavors to your menu, along with delicious nutrition that does a body good! Plus, many markets also sell organic foods that are grown without the use of pesticides. You don’t have to buy organic, though. When you get fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season, nothing is fresher or tastes better. Plus, foods that are in season usually cost less than out-of-season produce.
To make the most of your trip to the local farmers market, follow these tips:
Need help finding a local farmers market near you? Visit the United States Agriculture Department's website.
Originally published 5/23/2016; Revised 2021
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In my opinion, the best way to enjoy the farmers market is to take a walk there. Check out what's available this week. What are the seasons? For this reason, I usually only go to markets that focus on local produce where it is easy to see what is being harvested. There is also a market full of street vendors, but seeing bananas at the St. Louis Farmers Market is a bit odd!
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