BestrentNJ.com Edison residents at Edison Woods, Edison Woods Senior 55+, Edison Village, Blueberry Village, & Rivendell Heights are fortunate to enjoy The Metuchen Farmers Market in anticipation of all things Autumn. Located at the Metuchen Town Plaza at New and Pearl Streets, MFM 2022 will take place every Saturday thru November 19.
Here are 10 reasons why Farmers Markets are such a vital source for health, family and community;
1. Taste Real Flavors
The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.
2. Enjoy the Season
Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region.
3. Support Family Farmers
Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.
4. Protect the Environment
Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.
5. Nourish Yourself
Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed,
6. Discover the Spice of Life: Variety
At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket; It is a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet.
7. Promote Humane Treatment of Animals
At the farmers market, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture.
8. Know Where Your Food Comes From
A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.
9. Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes, and Meal Ideas
Few grocery store cashiers or produce stockers will give you tips on how to cook the ingredients you buy, but farmers, ranchers, and artisans at the farmers market are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling.
10. Connect with Your Community
Wouldn’t you rather stroll amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music? The farmers market is a community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of life in the midst of your wonderful city.
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