Sunday, May 27, 2012

Buying Green: Farmers' Markets

Farmers' Markets can be a great resource for locally-grown produce and other products. While the foo dmay not be technically organic, most farmers are happy to talk to you about their farming methods. The prices are often lower than organic at grocery stores, and you know that there's less fossil fuels being used to get the veggies to you.

There are other benefits of farmers' markets as well. You can often find quirky and fun products, and you know you're getting fresh in-season produce. If you want to make sure you have the best selection, go early in the morning - on the other hand, if you're a bargain-seeker, go later in the day, since sometimes you can get deals so farmers don't need to take things home. And talk to the vendors. They'll be able to give you tips on storage and cooking so you don't waste any part of the plant that can be eaten. Plus, you can rest assured knowing you're helping to support the local economy with no middlemen.

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