Friday, September 23, 2011

Buying The Best Produce

    Today I'm going to give you some tips about purchasing the best fresh produce from the farmers market. This year we did our first farmers market as a seller and, I must say, it's quite interesting viewing it from the other side of the table!

    I see sooo many people just walk through and grab whatever looks good, trusting that the "local farmer" did a good job growing it. But I warn you, not all local produce is nutritionally-dense food! There are some tables, or some certain items, that I would NOT pay to buy at the farmers market. Might as well get the same thing in a store if I'm buying for nutritional values.

    So here are a few very important questions to ask. I'll leave it up to you if you think their answer is good or not for you and your family. If you are buying at a market or anywhere else for that matter, you REALLY should know about these options!

1) Is this from a greenhouse, or the garden?
2) Do you use gmo-free seed (heirlooms and open-pollinated), or hybrids?
3) Do you feed your plants with compost, or store-bought fertilizer?
3) Do you spray your plants with anything?
4) Did you grow this, or buy it to re-sell?
5) Are these grown in dirt, or from hydroponics?
6) When was this produce picked (how fresh is it)?

    Those questions are a great start to getting real food. If you want nutritional food, I'm sorry to break the news to you folks, but you've got to grit your teeth and fight for it. People RARELY ask me these important questions. Want to make lots of money at growing produce? You can dump lots of junk on them and use junky seeds since it's the cheapest way - and people will buy it, trusting that it's nutritional.

    Ladies. Here's the challenge I give to you. One of our jobs as a wife and mom (or future wife and mom) is to practice feeding our families good food. So knowing how to get the best food is a very important skill. Next time you're at the farmers market, ask some of these questions! They are SO important if you want nutritional food. Print the list if it will help you remember.

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