Shop the Farmers Market for Fresh Finds

Shop the Farmers Market for Fresh Finds

Shop the Farmers Market for Fresh Finds

What better way to take advantage of nature's bounty than a visit to your local farmers market? Do your grocery shopping outside. You’ll find a rainbow of fresh, nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Easy access to fresh, locally grown foods adds a variety of flavors to your menu, along with delicious nutrition that does a body good. 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. 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:

  • Check the market’s schedule and hours ahead of time. Go early in the day when the selection is best.
  • Bring reusable bags to keep raw and cooked foods separate.
  • Take foods home right away. If you have a long drive home, keep a cooler in the car to carry the produce.
  • Ask the grower about the best way to store the items you buy. They may even offer serving suggestions and recipes.
  • Branch out. Try a new fruit or vegetable you haven’t had before. Choose colorful produce, it’s often the healthiest.
  • Buy fresh-cut produce, such as melon slices, only if it’s in a cooler or on ice to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
  • At home, rinse all fruits and vegetables with running water. This helps remove bacteria better than soaking.
  • Scrub tough-skinned produce like melons, potatoes and carrots with a vegetable brush.

Need help finding a local farmers market near you? Visit United States Department of Agriculture's websiteleaving site icon

Sources:  Farmers Market Food Safety Tips, leaving site icon U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2023; 10 Reasons to Support Farmers Market, leaving site icon Cultivating a Healthy Food System, 2022

Originally published 5/23/2016; Revised 2021, 2023