My 3 tips on buying the freshest fruit and veggies at the farmers market + my haul!
One of my favorite places to shop for fresh fruit and veggies is at the farmer’s market. I try to go there at least once a week to replenish my supplies of fresh produce.
There is, of course, a lot of advice on the web on how to select the best produce at the farmers market. I want to share my 5 cents on the subject and give you my best 3 tips how to buy the freshest fruit and veggies at the farmer’s market.
Always pick fruit and veggies that are in season.
Make sure to select seasonal produce and avoid buying fruit and veggies that are not typical for your country during that season. The reason for this is that the seasonal produce is much more likely to be fresh and locally grown. Ideally – in small local farms that do not use pesticides in their production. On the contrary, non-seasonal fruit and veggies are more often imported. Most likely from large, commercial agricultures or grown in atypical environment with a lot of unnatural ingredients.
Also, there is a reason that the Earth gives us specific cultures that grow during specific seasons. Your body needs different foods during hot or cold weather. When you buy and eat mostly seasonal fruit and vegetables, you can never go wrong.
Stay away from big, perfectly-shaped, brightly-colored fruit and vegetables.
Real, organically-grown produce is not perfect. It has spots, sometimes discoloration. It may be oddly-shaped or smaller compared to “fake” produce. The so-called “fake” produce is often much larger and much more perfectly-shaped in comparison. That may look flashy and tempting to the eye. However, those fruit and vegetables are almost always worse tasting. And chances are, they are GMO.
Always buy local produce when possible. Especially from small family-based gardens / older people who grow veggies on their own small plots of land.
I think this tip needs little comment. Buying local produce from small producers is an excellent way to achieve two goals:
- Ensure that your products are free from pesticides, chemicals. People who own small gardens and grow only three or four types of produce are unlikely to use harmful substances on their products. Pesticides, chemicals, GMO produce is typical for big land owners and producers, not for local families / old people who are just selling what they can’t consume on their own.
- Support small local business in their hour of need instead of big corporations that make millions anyway. That needs no further comment.
Do you think these tips are useful and make sense? Would you add something? Let me know in the comments!