Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Natural Goodness: Farmers Markets

Photo Credit: Gadling
Now that Spring has sprung, local farmers markets are once again opening their "doors" and spreading their tents far and wide to offer the best in fresh, locally-sourced, and seasonal eats.  

The glory of the local farmers market can't be emphasized enough when you consider just a few of the myriad benefits they bring to a community such as: boom for the local economy, the ability to buy direct from the farmer/producer, access to certified organic foods, and enjoyment of quality, in-season eats.  It presents the world of food in its most basic, yet satisfying, form.  

And these days, there's more and more of them to love.  From Manhattan to Los Angeles to Atlanta to Portland, and indeed country and worldwide, the local farmers market is increasingly becoming a community staple and a great way to take in the best of a local area. 

I'm always excited to dive into local markets and take advantage of all the goodness they offer up.  I encourage you to do the same, if you're not already, knowing that your support has far-reaching impact for the producers, as well as the communities, at-large.   

To help you get started, the Department of Agriculture has provided a farmers markets search tool to assist you in finding a market in your area, throughout the United States.  A great resource, alike, for home base and when your travels take you away from home.  If you're outside of the U.S., check the web and ask locals, to help in finding markets near you.

Now, all that's left to do is to get going!

Happy Eating!


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