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If you are vegan, summer is the perfect season to share your experiences with others and visit the farmers market. If you are considering the vegan lifestyle, summer is the perfect time to dip your toe in the water by enjoying fresh produce as often as possible.
The farmers market is the perfect place to learn about fresh produce, purchase local food, meet new people, and more. Here are our top 3 reasons to visit a farmers market this summer:
Depending on where you live, you should have started seeing more fresh produce with “grown in the U.S” stickers in your local grocery store. Local farmers markets and CSAs (community-supported agriculture) should be open in your area, too, providing even more locally grown produce for your kitchen.
To see what’s in season right now, visit the USDA’s seasonal produce guide. To learn about the open farmers markets in your area, visit your city’s chamber of commerce online or in-person.
While frozen and canned produce is delicious and nutritious, many people prefer fresh fruits and vegetables. Having fresh produce can encourage you to increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables before they spoil. Having this produce can also encourage you to try new recipes, igniting your creativity in the kitchen.
If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you probably love fresh fruits and vegetables. This is likely what excited you about the lifestyle to begin with. It’s not about what you’re giving up or why you began; instead, it’s about what you can eat to fuel your body every day.
To share your love for fresh produce means sharing the fruits and vegetables you love with other people. Chop up some fresh fruit or cook up your favorite vegan dish for your family, coworkers, friends, or neighbors. Sharing food is a great way to break the ice and can be a great opportunity to start a conversation about your healthy lifestyle. The food you share can be the beginning of a healthy discussion about why you choose to be vegan or vegetarian, what your struggles are, and what your favorite recipes are. By sharing nutritious food, you can show people how being vegan is possible and delicious.
Have you ever looked at a produce item at the grocery store and wondered what it tasted like? Maybe you Googled it and came across a few recipes or ways on how to cut into said fruit or vegetable. Then you decided to purchase that item and it tasted awful! Now what?
When you visit a farmers market, you can ask farmers questions. What does this fruit taste like? How do you like to cook this vegetable? Does it taste good raw? Having the opportunity to ask these questions to the people who grow the produce is invaluable. And farmers love to answer these questions! Most farmers love their work and will be happy to answer all of your questions. After all, this is what they spend their days doing.
When you’re able to ask questions about a produce item you’ve never tried before, you will learn invaluable tips, tricks, and recipes for purchasing, cutting, and enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables. A short trip to a local farmers market might just encourage you to try something new.
Plus, when you speak to a farmer, you can get a sense of what new produce items you may or may not like based on their descriptions of each item. You can also be sure those items are fresh. Sometimes, when produce is shipped to grocery stores, they lose some of their nutrition during the lengthy shipment, which can affect how they taste. It’s possible that the produce item you tried from your grocery store was no longer at pique freshness, so give it another chance from a local farm.
During the summer, we encourage you to visit farmers markets in your area if you are able. Not only can you purchase locally grown, fresh produce, but you can also learn a lot from local farmers.
In the meantime, check out our tote bags. You may need one at the farmers market.