The Family Table

Educating Families About the Benefits of Family Meals

Fresh from the Farm

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Recipe of the Week: Farmer’s Market Risotto with Spring Onion, Fresh Peas and Mint 

Are you feeling adventurous? Visit your local farmer’s market for a change in your routine. In this environment, you will notice a sense of community and pride. The advertisements are a one-on-one conversation with the vendor, which is a rare opportunity that you can take advantage of. Purchasing your food from someone in your community provides many benefits for you and your family.

Not only do you get to support your local economy, but you also have the added social benefit. Bringing your family members along with you will allow everyone to have input on the meals for the week. When you get to interact with the person who created the food you are buying, they will often be more than willing to share ideas on how to prepare the items they are selling. Creativity runs wild at a farmer’s market, so be prepared to try food that you have never had before! Lots of vendors offer samples of their food, which is great if you are feeling a nervous about committing to something new to you.

Another great benefit to shopping at a farmer’s market is that they don’t only sell food. There are usually vendors that display anything from handmade clothing and accessories to house plants. The range of products is typically very wide, so you can not only grocery shop, but you can find that perfectly unique gift or a little something for yourself!

To find a farmer’s market near you, visit the USDA Farmers Markets Search site.

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