A recent study found those shopping at farmers’ markets were more likely to consume five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
I certainly enjoyed my trip to Pollensa Market last week with a fabulous rainbow of fruit and vegetables available to ‘try before you buy‘, not something likely to catch on here in UK supermarkets, I think!
The smell was divine and every surface was covered with local produce bursting with goodness. I only had to look at what was on offer and I felt more energised and healthier, but I guess that’s the nutritionist in me.
Others may have seen ingredients for a recipe set out before them or a whole load of unnecessary chopping and peeling, me on the other hand saw antioxidants, beta-carotene, carotenoids, vitamins and essential fatty acids, with all sorts of fabulous health benefits.
Let’s support our local farmers and get healthier at the same time.
If you’ve never visited a farmers market, seek one out, you are in for a real treat.
Reference: Jilcott Pitts, S.B., Wu, Q., McGuirt, J.T., Crawford, T.W. et al. Associations between access to farmers’ markets and supermarkets, shopping patterns, fruit and vegetable consumption and health indicators among women of reproductive age in eastern North Carolina, USA. Public Health Nutrition16.11 (Nov 2013): 1944-52.