With spring here and summer on its way, now is a great time to try local food. Local food is fresher and often tastes better than foods we find in grocery stores. Buying local can also help us feel more connected to our community while supporting local businesses. There are many ways you can get involved with your local food scene.
Each spring, farmers’ markets throughout Massachusetts open for the season. Farmers’ markets give farmers the chance to sell their goods directly to consumers. There you can find fresh home grown produce, meats, eggs, dairy, and other products, such as baked goods and homemade jams. A visit to the farmers’ market can be a great family outing. Your kids will love seeing the farmers and browsing through the different produce. Many farmers’ markets even have entertainment and children’s events!
Farmers’ markets offer consumers a chance to choose from a variety of local products in season. Another great way to support local food is by visiting farms directly. During the summer, many farms offer the option to pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables. This can be a fun weekend outing for the whole family. Your kids will love going to the farm to pick their own berries. If there are any left by the time you get home, they’ll be proud to add them to cereal, yogurt or pancakes, knowing they picked them themselves!
Visit http://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/ for more information on where to find farms, farmers’ markets, and CSAs in your area!
Here’s to tasty, healthy, local eating!
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