Welcome to the Farmers Market

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fresh food for you

  • selling the goods
  • the cheese priceboard

I frequently visit the Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge. One place that I always see is a sign introducing the Farmers Market. I promised myself that I would shop there at some point. Finally that point in time arrived. I learned that there is a lot more to the Farmers Market than I had originally thought. My first lesson was that a Farmers Market is where farmers sell their natural products to consumers directly. They set up once or twice a week in many communities.

The produce is so amazing that there is an array of goods you don't always see in your local supermarket. Just selling goods is not the only thing a farmers Marker does. If you go there you can learn how to cook and how to store vegetables. and other goods which may be unfamiliar to you.

Farmers Market are also a place for people to come together as a community, form relationships and find out just where this nutritious food comes from. I learned some tips at the farmers market to help me to become a knowledgeable shopper. Firstly, I walked around and looked at everything before making a decision o what to buy. If you see an item that you do not recognize, ask the farmer. You know they like to talk about their products

BE sure to buy local fruits and vegetables in season from the market because they are not only fresh but taste delicious. In talking to one of the workers I was able to find some healthy cooking tips. First they advised to try grilling, roasting, or stir-frying vegetables. When lubricating pans use olive or canola oil instead of butter, margarine, or lard. Finally and possibly most important to you is that you should reduce salt and use garlic and fresh herbs like basil and cilantro for added flavor.

An added teaching you should be aware of is to know how to store fruits and vegetables. You must keep them fresh as long as possible. Most vegetables should be stored in the refrigerator. They should be placed in the crisper for cooling and moistness. Potatoes,onions , and winter squash can be stored in a cool dry place. Most importantly adults need about 4-5 cups of fruits and veggies every day. I'll give you some examples.      1. one cup leafy raw vegetables  2. one cup of chopped vegetables or fruit. 3. one large ear of corn.

                                 4.Eight large strawberries   5. a medium piece of fruit such as apples or peaches