5 reasons to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets

Alina FilippovaGeen categorie

If you still buying fruits and veggies in the closest grocery store, here you can find few reasons why you should try shopping at your local farmers’ market.

1) Real Flavors

Food at farmers’ markets is harvested at the peak of ripeness; plants’ natural sugars increase the

taste and provide better nutrition. There is no doubt in the difference in flavor and texture

between supermarket’s quality and locally-grown food.

2) Fresh

Offerings from farmers’ markets are fresher than those you can find in a grocery store. Fruits and

vegetables in supermarkets are often several days old before they even reach supermarket

shelves, it usually happens because of long-distance shipping or keeping products in storage. On

the other hand, the fruits and vegetables you buy at farmer’s markets get fresh from the farm,

without gassing to stimulate ripening process or refrigerating.

3) Healthy

Fruits and vegetables from local farms are grown without using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification.

By shopping at farmers’ markets, you get organic products minimally processed by using sustainable techniques.

4) Affordable

The price for the quality and nutrition you get from farmers’ markets produce is a good value in comparison to expensive “organic” fruits and vegetables on supermarket shelves.

 

 

5) Better for the Environment

The last but not the least reason to buy products on farmers’ markets is sustainability. Since local farms are non-industrial, they do not use chemical fertilizers that are harmful to soil, neither they

grow monocultures (single fields with only one type of fruits and vegetable), which lead to the lack of nutrients in the soil and make it barren. Also, local farmers don’t use large amounts of

natural resources as industrial farming. For local farmers, there is no need for extra-packaging or shipping that involves a significant use of fossil fuels.

 

Where to find farmers’ markets in Amsterdam?

– Bos en Lommerplein market (Monday-Saturday, 9:00-18:00)

– Dappermarkt on Dapperstraat 279 (Monday-Saturday, 10:00-16:30)

– Lindengracht market (every Saturday, 9:00-17:00)

– Market on Plein 40-45 (Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00-16:00)

– Noordermarkt (every Saturday, 9:00-17:00)

– Ten Katemarkt on Ten Katestraat (Monday-Saturday, 9:00-18:00)

 

Don’t have time to go to a farmers’ market? With our Foodhub project you no longer have an excuse!

Once every two weeks on Thursday, the Green Office will function as a Foodhub for fresh, organic and locally produced fruits and vegetables.
Order your fruits and veggies before Monday 16:00 and pick them up every two weeks on Thursday between 15:00 and 17:30 at the GO. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) to take the goods home.
No need to worry about what you’re going to eat, because inspiring vegetarian recipes are included and will be posted on this page! Prices vary between the sizes of the orders. Order for 5 deliveries to get a 5% discount!

 

For more information about local farming, check this blog:

www.greenofficevu.nl/backstage-at- the-foodhub- project