Where Does Your Food Come From?

Farmer's markets keep healthy food at your fingertips! Farmer's markets keep healthy food at your fingertips!

A farmer's market keeps healthy, delicious food right at your finger tips.

A Great Way to Learn

Knowing where your food comes from is more important than ever.  A great way to learn about your food is by visiting your local farmer’s market. This gives you the opportunity to meet the people who grew your food and to ask them questions such as “Do you use pesticides?” Most farmers are happy to answer any questions you have. Farmers can also give you tips on how to prepare your food and might even have great recipe ideas for you!

Find a Local Farm

After visiting a farmer's market, you may find a farm that you like.  Quite often, these farms will have farm stand in another local town or even offer home delivery. I also recommend asking if they supply any local grocery stores or restaurants. This will help you decided where to shop or eat. 

Another great way to find local farms is to search the Internet. One of my favorite websites is Local Harvest where you can search by city, state, and product.  Many farm websites post their farming practices - such as organic, free range, or sustainable - and have hours during which you can visit. Some farms have “Pick-Your-Own” seasons when you can pick seasonal fruits and vegetables yourself, and offer fresh eggs and meats as well. This saves you money and is a fun activity for your whole family or with friends.

Take time to learn more about what you are eating and where it comes from by visiting local farms and farmer's markets.  Supporting local farmers keeps good, healthy food at your fingertips!

 

Marisa Strauss

Marisa Strauss has a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the University of Memphis and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. She’s a fitness fanatic, dance aerobics enthusiast, organic foods advocate, and avid runner. After being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease, Marisa was forced to learn new ways of pushing her body and eating healthier. Her passion is to share this knowledge with others!