web analytics
March 4, 2015 / 13 Adar , 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Getting The Most Out Of Your Farmers Market


June-2013-Farmers-Market

It’s that time of year again! As each day gets warmer and the sun gets brighter, an often overlooked highlight of summer is the emergence of the best quality fresh produce around – at your local farmers market.

A farmers market is a great place to try out new kinds of produce and can serve as an excellent starting point for individuals looking to live a healthier lifestyle.

“Going to a farmers’ market automatically puts you in the mood to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables,” explains Dana Slatkin, a chef and culinary teacher based in Los Angeles, CA, and author of the cookbook, Summertime Anytime. A weekly farmers market trip can also serve as an eye-opening learning experience. Growers can provide suggestions on effective preparation methods for their produce and allow customers to taste samples.

Good vendors are marked by their accessibility to answer customer inquiries regarding their farm, produce, and growing practices, explains Laura Avery, a farmers market supervisor in Santa Monica, CA. Customers often decide to shop at farmers markets due to the superior quality of their produce. Avery described farmers market produce as having “superior flavor, ripeness, and (being) sustainably grown. . . Farmers markets are the best way for consumers to be connected with their food and how it is grown. There is absolutely no substitute, other than growing the produce yourself at home, to get the flavor, freshness, and quality of produce than buying at a farmers market.”

In addition, farmer’s market produce is usually grown organically and with few or no pesticides. Slatkin advises customers to check that farm vendors are either certified organic, or that they grow their produce without pesticides. In many instances, farmers lack the necessary funds to obtain an official state organic certification but they still operate as an organic farm.

Prices at farmers markets can vary significantly. Avery stressed that many produce items, such as herbs and turnip tops, are likely to be found at farmers markets but not at supermarkets. Some items may be more costly due to short supply. For instance, cherries may cost $5 per pound. Some high prices are due to long traveling distances for the vendors.

Despite this, many customers feel that the prices are well worth it for what they get in exchange. Anne Bannon, a wine blogger at OddBallGrape.com and food enthusiast based in Southern California, said, “I just feel better about shopping at the farmers market. . . There’s something insanely satisfying about walking away from the market with my bag full of delicious, fresh veggies, knowing that my husband and I will eat well for the next week.”

As a frequent customer, Bannon recommends that individuals scan the entire farmers market to compare prices before purchasing. Customers should avoid attending a farmers market at a time when they feel rushed, and instead should go when they can take as much time as necessary to make informed decisions. Bannon also pointed out that if you wait until closing time, some vendors may be willing to sell items at a reduced cost.

Bannon encourages customers to “experience the market with all of the senses. Smell the fresh strawberries, . . . taste the oranges, look at the bright colors and enjoy the solid feel of a potato in your hand.” Browsing the rich variety of colorful fresh produce in the summertime outdoors can bring excitement to the otherwise mundane chore of weekly grocery shopping.

If you’re ready to take the plunge and stock up on some exceptional summer produce, locate a farmers market near you by visiting www.LocalHarvest.org or www.FarmersMarket.com.

About the Author: Avigayil Perry lives in upstate New York and works as a Calendar Manager for the LA and NY Blueprint. An aspiring writer, her work was previously published in Horizons (Targum Press) magazine. She is currently pursuing a MA in Education/Special Education at Touro College.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Getting The Most Out Of Your Farmers Market”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Jordan's King Abdullah II, a licensed helicopter pilot, is rumored to have personally taken part in air strikes against ISIS.
Jordanian King Warns Global Battle With ISIS Has Launched World War III
Latest Sections Stories
Yarden Merlot

Bottles of wine accompany the Pesach storytelling – each glass of wine represents the four expressions used by G-d in describing the redemption of the Jewish people from Egypt.

Schonfeld-logo1

There is a point that many parenting books miss: children do more for us than we do for them.

Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte was a nine-year-old girl when Islamic militants launched an assault on a Lebanese military base and destroyed her home.

The husband needs to make some changes!

Purim is a fantastic time for fantasies, so I hope you won’t mind my fantasizing about how easy life would be if kids would prefer healthy cuisine over sweets. Imagine waking up to the call of “Mommy, when will my oatmeal be ready?”… As you rush to ladle out the hot unsweetened cereal, you rub […]

‘Double Gold’ awarded to 2012 Yarden Heights wine & 2011 Yarden Merlot Kela Single Vineyard.

One should not give the money before Purim morning or after sunset.

The mishloach manos of times gone by were sometimes simple and sometimes elaborate, but the main focus was on the preparation of the delicious food they contained.

One of the earliest special Purims we have on record was celebrated by the Jews of Granada and Shmuel HaNagid, the eleventh-century rav, poet, soldier and statesman, and one of the most influential Jews in Muslim Spain.

Jews, wake up! Stop educating the world and start educating yourselves.

The lessons conform to the sensitivities and needs of the Orthodox community…

The program took on special significance as it marked not only the first anniversary of Rebbetzin Kudan’s levayah but also the 27th yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, a”h.

It was only in the reign of George III (1760-1820) that Jews became socially acceptable in Britain, and Nathan became music master to Princess Charlotte and musical librarian to King George IV.

It captures the love of the Jewish soul as only Shlomo Hamelech could portray it – and as only Rabbi Miller could explain it.

More Articles from Avigayil Perry
Anesthesia-Nov-2013

While surgery can be scary and stressful for children and their parents alike, anesthesia can be a useful tool for reducing pain and calming fear and stress, yielding very temporary symptoms following surgery.

Green-Cleaning-Oct-2013

Green cleaning has been defined as sanitary techniques with reduced effects on the environment and health of individuals using a building. In purchasing cleaning supplies from a supermarket, customers should avoid any products containing solvents, phosphates, and other destructive chemicals.

It’s that time of year again! As each day gets warmer and the sun gets brighter, an often overlooked highlight of summer is the emergence of the best quality fresh produce around – at your local farmers market.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/health/getting-the-most-out-of-your-farmers-market/2013/05/25/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: