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Five Items You Should Get at the Farmer's Market

09-11-2017

Farmer's market season is filled with fresh and local foods. Local produce not only typically tastes better than grocery store produce, but it’s usually better for you since it’s not packed with preservatives. Farmer’s markets are also an easy way to support you community and local farmers. Just remember to pack cash and bring your own bag!

We’ve put together a list of some of the best items to purchase at the farmer’s market instead of the grocery store.

Berries

When you buy berries from the grocery store they have most likely been imported from somewhere. So if you like grocery store berries you’re going to love fresh berries form the farmer’s market. Ask the vendor you’re buying from what berries are in season to get the freshest (and most delicious) fruit.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are loaded with a ton of health benefits including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Tomatoes are fairly easy to farm too, so they can be more cost effective at the farmer’s market than the grocery store. Farmer’s market tomatoes serve as a delicious snack that’s packed with nutritional value. Not to mention they go great on pizza and pasta.

Carrots

When you think of carrots you probably picture the classic orange carrots that you find at the grocery store. At the farmer's market, carrots come in a variety of colors like yellow, orange and purple. Look out for the purple ones, not only are they delicious but they’re loaded with antioxidants.

Eggs

Poultry farming can be a lot of work, so local eggs can be a little pricier than grocery store eggs, but are well worth the cost. Buying eggs at the farmer's market not only supports ethically raised chickens, but local eggs typically have less fat and cholesterol than grocery store eggs.

Stone Fruit

Stone fruits include peaches, nectarines and plums, and if you’ve ever had fresh, local stone fruits you’ll never go back to buying them at the grocery store. When you purchase stone fruits from the grocery store, you often have to leave them on the counter for a few days to ripen. They can ripen on your counter, but they won’t sweeten, so it’s best to let them ripen on the vine and eat them fresh, which you can do when you purchase them from the farmer’s market.

Use the links below to learn more about the farmer’s market close to you:

Gastonia Farmer’s Market

Mount Holly Farmer’s Market

Foothills Farmer’s Market in Shelby

Lincoln County Farmer’s Market

7th Street Public Market in Charlotte

Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market

Mecklenburg County Market

NoDa Farmer’s Market in Charlotte

Old Town Farmer’s Market in Rock Hill

Pineville Farmer’s Market

The Village at Robinson Farmer’s Market