August 2-8, 2015 is National Farmers Market Week
Efforts to expand farmers markets are making locally grown fruits and vegetables more accessible for consumers. When you buy locally grown food, you not only contribute to your personal health, you also support Missouri farmers and enhance the economic well-being of communities. According to Lynda Johnson, University of Missouri Extension nutrition specialist, there is truth in the familiar national slogan, “Buy Fresh, Buy Local.” When eating locally grown produce, you experience the difference in freshness and quality.
“Farm fresh, locally grown produce is picked at its peak and comes straight to your farmers market with minimal time in transit, so these fruits and vegetables really do taste better,” said Johnson.
Including seasonal vegetables in family meals is a great way to add variety and color, while promoting nutrition and health…
To learn more about the benefits of adding fresh fruits and veggies to your diet, including recipes and a very informative resource, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/