How to Shop Smarter at the Farmers Market

veggiesOne of the best ways to incorporate more healthy food in your diet is to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and meat from the farmers market.  Heading to the local market is also a fun family activity and a great way to get your kids more involved in healthy meal planning.

How to Find Local Twin Cities Markets

In Minneapolis, the North Lyndale Farmers Market is open every day from 6am- 1pm.  You’ll also find vendors on Nicollet Mall Thursdays from 6am to 6pm.  The downtown St. Paul Farmers Market is open on Saturday from 6am-1pm and on Sunday from 8am-1pm.  Find other local markets throughout the state by visiting the website of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

What’s in Season?

You’ll make the most of your money if you buy fruits and veggies that are in season.  Download this chart to get an idea of what you can buy throughout the year. Right now is a good time to look for asparagus (a food that is high in calcium and fiber)  rhubarb and strawberries.  In the coming weeks, you’ll also see fresh spinach, zucchini, and a variety of fresh lettuces.  Talk to the farmers about new ways to prepare the vegetables.  If a veggie looks unfamiliar, don’t be afraid to ask what it is.  Get the kids involved and make it a healthy learning experience for the whole family.

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