With the warmer weather, many towns and municipalities have Farmers Markets. These markets feature primarily local produce, sold by the local farmers. Not only is the produce freshly picked and in season, the farmer can often provide information to you about how to choose your produce as well as recommendations for how to prepare it.
The benefits of local produce are many. First, freshly picked produce is frequently the tastiest, allowed to ripen in the field. Also, buying local helps to protect the environment, reducing the pollution caused by transporting food greater distances to process or to grocery dispensaries. In addition, many of the local growers can provide you with specific information about how their crops are grown. You may also find quality organic produce at your local market.
This summer, check out a Farmers Market near you and make it a weekend ritual with family or friends! Not sure where your nearest Farmer’s Market is located? Franciscan Health partners with the Chicago Heights/Park Forest Rotary Club and hosts a Farmers Market event every other Friday starting June 7, 2019, through November 15, 2019 from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. An Indianapolis Farmers Market is held on alternating Wednesdays from June 12, 2019, through Sept. 18, 2019, at the Franciscan Weight Loss Center in Indianapolis.
Be sure to contact your local city government or check out their website. If that doesn’t help, the US Department of Agriculture has a directory on its website: https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets.
This article was published in the June 2017 edition of the Healthy U @ Work newsletter from WorkingWell. Courtesy of Complete Wellness Solutions. WorkingWell is a network of occupational health services and part of Franciscan Health. With locations in Northwest Indiana and Greater Indianapolis, WorkingWell's team of professionals provide high-quality medical care to business and industry, with a primary goal to work closely with employers to ensure employees are "working well."
Updated June 4, 2018