I LOVE a good farmer’s market. It feels so exciting and refreshing to wander around looking at all those delicious fruits, vegetables, and meats. But how do you narrow down what you should ACTUALLY take home with you and if it’s definitely “healthy”? I don’t know the answer to this question, so I interrogated our Wellness Contributor, Tara Felice. Here are her tips on how to make the most of your farmer’s market:
- If you are going to a farmer’s market to look for food that will keep you fit, avoid the sweets. Even though they are likely made with “real” ingredients, they still contain sugar which easily packs on the pounds and typically makes you feel sluggish.
- Ask the farmer if pesticides are used at their farm. It is unlikely, but it’s possible! Avoid all products that come from farms with pesticides.
- Confirm eggs come from chickens that are “pasture-raised.” Tara has seen eggs and chicken sold at farmer’s markets that are grain fed, which is NOT the way to go.
- Look for grains that are sprouted and soaked. They are reported to be easier on your digestive system.
- Plan your meals and snacks before you go. It’s very helpful to decide what you will eat in the week ahead and make a list of the meat and veggies you’ll need.
Andrea Graye :)