You may or may not already know about the Farmers’ Market that’s held at Mira Mesa high school every Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm even in the winter (in the summertime, it’s open until 7pm). But now you know about it for sure and if that’s not enough reason to check it out, here are some others:
Taste Real Flavors: since the food that shows up at your local Farmers’ Market is nearly always grown within 100 miles, it doesn’t take long for fruits and veggies to get from the field to the display table. That means that produce is allowed to ripen fully before it is harvested. That process results in a more nutritious and flavorful food than the kind you can get at the supermarket.
Go Seasonal: You might be disappointed at first that you won’t be able to find the strawberries or Brussels sprouts you were planning to buy at the Farmers’ Market until you hear this. Even here in southern California, although the weather doesn’t change as drastically as it does in other parts of the country, it still changes and so does your body’s needs accordingly. In the summer, your body wants cooling, hydrating foods like watermelon and mixed greens. In the winter, your body will send you cravings for warming foods like pumpkin, apples and root veggies. Conveniently, those foods are in season during the time of year that your body craves them. Visiting your Farmers’ Market makes eating seasonally a no brainer. Try ditching the list and planning your dinner menu based on what you find at the Market.
Protect the Environment: The food that you find on your grocer’s shelves, even if it’s organic, is almost always shipped from far, far away. In fact, food travels an average of 1500 miles by the time it hits your dinner table. This means that the food must be preserved in a lot of packaging that causes a lot of waste; the planes, trains and trucks that the food travels on uses up tons of our natural fossil fuel resources and burning those fuels causes pollution. So go a little greener and go to the Mira Mesa Farmers’ Market.
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