IT’S NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK…
E-I-E-I-O…..This is a favorite song from many people’s childhood, and this week marks the nations opportunity to celebrate our Farmers and Farmer’s Markets with “National Farmer’s Market Week”
What exactly is a farmer’s market? It’s a physical outdoor or indoor market that features food sold directly by farmers to customers. This is where consumers can get fresh fruits, veggies, meats and sometimes prepared foods and beverages.
Farmer’s Markets can be found in many cities/states around the country. They provide consumers and residents of the community the opportunity to eat healthy at usually reasonable prices. However, in certain areas farms and farmer’s markets are non-existent, which are known as “food deserts”. These areas are typically very populated urban environments, where healthy affordable food is difficult to find. These areas sometimes have supermarket shortages as well.
So what do you do if you live in or near a food desert? There is a great organization called Urban Farming that is working to end hunger by assisting residents in areas that are considered food deserts to create gardens on unused land and space while also raising awareness about health and wellness.
The current recommendations by the USDA and National Institutes of Health suggest a minimum of 5 servings per day of fruits and veggies combined. So, Thank you to the farmers and farmer’s markets for doing your part in providing an affordable option to keeping us healthy!
For more information on creating an urban farm in your area or helping with the Urban Farming movement and healthy community initiatives go to www.urbanfarming.org and get involved! Future generations are counting on us to leave them a healthy world.