Looking for something fun to do that’s healthy too? Go to your local Farmers Market!

July 10, 2020

Massachusetts has great resources to navigate where and when to go:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/covid-19-how-where-to-buy-local

We all know that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is important. Did you know that if you receive SNAP benefits you are automatically enrolled in the Healthy Incentives Program otherwise known as HIP? Ask the Farmers Market or the Farm Stand if they are an authorized HIP farm or vendor.

Use the Search Function in the MassGrown Map to find out what’s in your area. You can also use the Search Function to see which Farmers Markets use/accept SNAP & HIP benefits!

https://massnrc.org/farmlocator/map.aspx

Try and get to the market early to take advantage of the variety and abundance at the Farmers Market!

More tips for making the most of your Farmers Market *and* your budget:

  • Farmers Markets have specific hours and days they run. It’s best to follow the guidelines of the individual market to allow everyone enough time to set up and/or pack up their fruit and vegetables.
  • However, you don’t want to go too late because the farmers might run out of those delicious blackberries and zucchini!
  • If the farmer isn’t too busy, go ahead and ask them questions. Farmers love to talk about what they grow. They might even give you tips about what is especially good or share a recipe.
  • If you can, check out all the farms offerings before making your selection. Prices may vary from farm to farm making it another way to save money.
  • Another thing to consider is to ask the farmer if they have any ‘seconds’ which are often sold at a reduced rate. Seconds are fruit and vegetables that may not be as attractive, or they might be very ripe. They are sometimes called ‘ugly’ fruit and vegetables. If they do have them, that is another way to save. Sometimes that tomato may not look pretty but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious!

While shopping think of how and how long you can store produce safely and what should be eaten sooner. Those strawberries need to be eaten before those apples. Look below to learn more about how to store the produce you purchase, what to make with the food you purchase, and more:

https://ag.umass.edu/nutrition/nutrition-bites

Farmers Markets give you the opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables. Try something new!

Take your children with you and let them help pick something out. They are more apt to try it (and like it!) if they’re involved with the whole process. Here are some kid friendly recipes to make with those fruits and vegetables:

Fresh Fruit with Warm Honey Yogurt Topping:

http://cookingmatters.org/recipes/fresh-fruit-warm-honey-yogurt-topping

Summer Berry Muesli:

https://www.skilletmagazine.org/#/summer-berry-muesli/

Homemade Fruit Rollups:

https://www.chopchopfamily.org/recipe/you-made-fruit-leather/

Thanks again for stopping by. Happy shopping!