6 REASONS WHY THE FARMER’S MARKET IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

07/18/2016

Any given Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday you can find one or more Inks cruising at a Farmer’s Market in our lil town (cute tote in tow, duh). We are lucky to have a few *gems* right in our neighborhood a couple times a week, one walking distance, and two just a short drive.

We think Farmer’s Markets are pretty brilliant. 

They’re kinda cute and old school, small town feely, and gets us out of the house.

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Here’s 6 reasons why the Farmer’s Market is good for your health. You’re welcome for stopping at 6; we could go at this all day.

1. SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMERS WITH SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

This one is HUGE for us as we believe in large part that you vote with your dollar, and although yes, it is a rather “small” vote- every dollar counts. When we “vote” we are saying that there is a demand for local, small farms, and we are equipping them in their livelihood. This is a hot topic right now since agribusiness and large-scale farming have many speculated *cough, confirmed* controversial practices including the overuse of pesticides, antibiotics, GMO’s, unsanitary conditions, nutritionally inferior foods, inflated price points, and animal cruelty- just to name a few.

Of course, as with anything on this vast of a scale, there are exceptions on both sides. As a general rule, the farmers you meet run small scale, local farms with ethical and sustainable practices that produce fresher, realer foods. YES please.

2. FRESHER, REALER FOOD

Since it’s hard to produce as much food as America needs on small farms, mega farms have adopted shortcuts that void our food of much of the natural nutrients that our bodies needs to, um, live. Typically, the foods you get at the Farmer’s Market will be noticeably different that that at the store- eek. I observe it the most with eggs, tomatoes, herbs, and stone fruit.

I literally think that what I’ve been eating most of my life weren’t “eggs”. The ones from the Farmer’s Market have almost a neon orange yolk- full of all that B9 and B12! Tomatoes are deep red and juicy, and the parsley dark, dark leafy green. These burting-with-life-giving-vitamins foods have traveled only a couple of hours at most to get to you THAT DAY, so freshness is guaranteed.

Here’s the flip side…we are used to our food lasting an ungodly amount of time in our fridge or on our counter- because they’re chock-full of preservatives. These, however are known to cause some scary side effects: breathing difficulties, behavioral changes (especially in young children), weakened heart tissues, and have known carcinogens…COOL

3. SEASONAL EATING

One of my favorite things about a sunny stroll through the booths at the Farmer’s Market is buying food when it’s at its BEST. This will obviously enhance the flavor/quality of the item but also, who doesn’t want to indulge in cold, ripe blueberries on a summer afternoon or a creamy, rustic potato leek soup on a cozy winter eve?!

Another benefit to seasonal eating is not only that we’re eating the food at its prime, so getting all its best nutrients, but the diversity in diet keeps our body balanced and thriving. There are year round staples can almost always be found on the tables, so it’s not always a shot in the dark!

4. DISCOVER VARIETY/NEW FOODS

I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been dumbfounded and def embarrassed that there is a fruit at the Farmer’s Market that I’ve literally never seen before and never even heard of. Weird, right? My culinary repertoire has expanded vastly by trial and error at my local Farmies.

Additionally, there are usually vendors with prepared foods, meats, sauces, juices, etc- I have found a ton of variety in sprinkling these into my daily cooking

5. CONNECTING WITH YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY

You guys knew this one was coming. We are always blowing the community whistle over here on Inks because we see its intrinsic value in the quality of our lives and alternatively, its increasingly difficulty to obtain in our culture. We hop on any chance to get involved with our hood and meet our people. I feel confident and saying I’m probably a regular at our Los Feliz Farmer’s Market. I frequently walk down on Sunday morning JUST after coffee, and sleepy-chat with all the sweet vendors. I find out about their farms and their products and their lil businesses, and I find more satisfaction in my food knowing it’s the result of the hard work of someones heart.

I’m also on this kick recently of having “real experiences”, which sometimes looks as puny as stepping away from my computer out outside for a couple minutes to remind myself of leaves and earth and wind. The Farmer’s Market is a very real experience, especially for children- all the things! There is a sense of community and connectedness that is undeniable as well as the appreciation for food and the knowledge of where it’s coming from.

Side note: I usually get discounts, or lil deals because the connection makes it feel familial- one vendor even let me pay them the next week because I was short a few bucks! Which leads me to…

6. GOOD ON YOUR BUDG

Last but not least- it’s more affordable than most grocery stores!

I more often than not shop the organic section at the grocery store, because I have a bit more peace of mind about the content of ingredients, but I don’t “shop organic” at the Farmer’s Market- because you don’t really need to! This is one of those individual basis things since every vendor and farm is different, but Organic certifications are extremely hard to get and mostly just a bunch of hoops that smaller farmers can’t afford to jump through.

However, like we discussed earlier, the likelihood of your food being realer and more “organic” in the truest sense of the word is very high. The best part of the Farmer’s Market, if you’re in doubt- just ask! This being said, most fruits and vegetables are a FRACTION of what they are at the grocery store and my bank account is into it. 

We realize this might make us super hippy girls (down), but we believe in being educated about your food and taking the best care of your precious body that you can. This is us doing the best we can with that, not us saying that we don’t love IN-N-OUT when it’s the only thing that will hit the spot! (often…)

Food and farming and its effects on us is a conversation that is constantly evolving, especially in recent years since our farming practices have drastically changed and we are just now experiencing the effects of that. The way that we try to navigate this conversation is with balance,being extreme can be ostracizing on both sides. We endeavor to find a lot of love in the middle ground!

Thoughts?? Let us know below!

-Inks

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