It’s Time to Head Down to Your Local Farmer’s Market!

By: Ashley Foutty, Keep Akron Beautiful Intern

You might see Farmer’s Markets around all of the time, but still be asking yourself why you should grab some groceries there, instead of heading to the nearest store. Well, we have the answers.

There are so many benefits of shopping at your local farmer’s market. First, of course, they’re filled with food that’s good for you. Also, when you shop at farmers’ markets you can pretty much be assured that the healthy food you purchase hasn’t traveled long distances and undergone lots of packaging or processing. Did you know produce loses nutritional value as more time elapses from the time of harvest? Locally grown produce available at farmers markets is available to you at the peak of freshness and nutrient availability.

Another great thing about farmer’s markets is that the farmers are there to answer any questions or offer any advice that you might be seeking. You can find out new recipes, detailed information on your products, meet new people in your neighborhood, and give your money somewhere that will give back locally.

Luckily for you, Akron offers many options this summer to help you get in the habit of visiting your local farmer’s market. Not only will you experience the health benefits of eating locally, but you’ll also have some fun and learn something new in the process. The variety and nutrients will have you coming back for more and for each season of the year!

Here’s a few great local farmers markets to check out:

The Market at Lock 3 open July 19
• Fridays @ Lock 3 11am-1:30pm
Summa will again sponsor the Everyday Health program with prize drawings for visiting the market. Reusable shopping bags are free with 5 market visits.

Akron Generals Farmers Market
• Tuesdays @ AGMCs Health & Wellness Center West on Medina Rd. 3 to 6 pm
For more information see akrongeneral.org or call 330-344-7101

Countryside Conservancy Farmers Markets
• Thursdays @ Highland Square 4 -7p
• Saturdays @ Howe Meadow, 9 am to noon
For more information see cvcountryside.org

farmers-market-photo1                                                         The Market at Lock 3

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