The Benefits and Bounty of Farmer’s Markets

Warmer weather is in the air and the early season’s produce is becoming available. Where can you find the freshest fruits and vegetables possible?  Chances are, they may be closer than you think. Check out the farmer’s markets in your area to see what is in store for you. You can find:

Fresh-picked fruits and vegetables that can offer you the best taste and an abundance of vitamins and minerals. They have the benefit of being local, which means no time spent in shipping to stores. Plus, you will be helping the local economy by purchasing close to home. 

New and interesting varieties of your family’s favorite fruits and vegetables. This is a great opportunity to try out some new colors, shapes and tastes. Early season produce can include a variety of greens, herbs, asparagus, radishes, peas, broccoli, and potatoes. Rhubarb, cherries, and strawberries are also available.

SNAP/EBT benefits or food stamps. Many farmer’s markets offer the Double Up Food Bucks program which is a one-to-one match that helps you purchase healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Use your Quest Card for the desired amount at the Market Information Booth and receive an equal amount in tokens that can be used for fresh produce.

For more information about Double Up Food Bucks or to find a farmer’s market near you, visit www.idahofma.org

By buying locally at farmer’s markets you can get the benefits of eating the freshest produce this season can offer and help the local economy. Not only can you find different varieties, but you can also save money while doing so.

Resource:   www.idahofma.org

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