July is the month of farmers markets, in which you can find fresh fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets have many perks, in addition to stocking up on nutrient dense foods you can also form connections. Local artisans, farmers, community members provide a healthy experience for the whole family. It’s a chance to enjoy being in the community and possibly try something new. Allow your children to express curiosity by choosing a new fruit of vegetable to try as a snack during the week. USDA states farmers markets are the place to shop because there are offerings of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and local dairy all which follow MyPlate guidelines (USDA, 2020).
Coming together as a community is a great way to catch up with friends, while supporting your local economy. Farmers Markets are also a great event to meet new people, especially local farmers. If you are curious on what brings them to the market, just ask. Maybe you’ll learn something new you can take home to your family, like how to prepare rhubarb or the process it takes to grow broccoli. Farmer’s Markets are a great summer activity which harvest quality friendships and produce.
By Emily Maus- University of Idaho Dietetic Student
USDA. (2020). Farmers Markets. Retrieved from https://www.nutrition.gov/topics/shopping-cooking-and-meal-planning/farmers-markets