Enjoy a Tasty Outing by Visiting the Farmers Market

Support family farmers who work hard day-after-day to grow nutritious fruits, vegetables and more


Fresh local eggs, peppers and onions make the perfect summer frittata

Image provided by Cindy Silver.

If you like taking kid-friendly outings, love the fresh air and adore fresh and local foods, then the Farmers Market is a perfect destination as summer begins. There are many great reasons to visit a Farmers Market, such as:

  • Tasting wonderful flavors fresh from the farm
  • Supporting family farmers who work hard day-after-day to grow nutritious fruits, vegetables and more
  • Protecting the environment by buying food that was grown nearby and was packaged and traveled less
  • Nourishing your family with minimally processed foods picked ripe
  • Discovering varieties that you cannot find at the grocery store – like heirloom tomatoes, figs or watermelon radishes
  • Knowing where your food comes from by striking up a conversation with a farmer who grew it
  • Learning cooking tips, recipes and how to prepare fresh foods from farmers who are passionate about their product(s)
  • Connecting with your community, meeting friends and getting a ‘taste’ of the country

Don’t be fooled into thinking that Farmers Markets are only about fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs – which, by the way, are spectacular. These days, you’ll typically find a wide variety of foods. Some farmers sell grass-fed beef, lamb, and/or chicken. Others sell chicken or quail eggs, or local honey. The Farmers Market in your town may be a place to buy local strawberry or peach jam, pickled local beets or homemade bread. Also, it’s not uncommon to find handmade crafts and clothing, too. If you’re a gardener, then a visit to the Farmers Market may be your best place to buy locally-raised plants, shrubs or cut sunflowers. The fun goes on and on.

Kids can have a great experience at the Farmers Market when they pick out a pint of blueberries to take home and make into blueberry pancakes. Or, coax them into picking out a colorful vegetable and then cook it for dinner. As summer rolls along, kids and adults can team up to buy delicious local foods for the backyard grill, the neighborhood pool potluck or a picnic in the park.

Local Harvest is a website where you can find out about the family farms and Farmers Markets in your town. Look at the top of the homepage for a way to search for something near you!

Cindy Silver is a licensed, registered dietitian based in Winston-Salem. In addition to her "Nibbles of Nutrition" blog, she also serves on the Piedmont Parent Fit Family Challenge Expert Panel. For family-friendly, nutritional tips and recipes, follow Cindy on FacebookTwitterPinterest and visit her website

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Nibbles of Nutrition

About This Blog

Cindy Silver is a licensed, registered dietitian. She is the owner of Market Basket Nutrition, a nutrition education business, and is a Nutrition Services Provider for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. She has a master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition. 

She works with families to help them master the skills of good nutrition for healthier and happier lives. She believes that everyone can improve their nutrition and feel better by taking time to write tasty and healthy menus, get more organized in the grocery store and then cook simple and delicious meals at home. 

She also enjoys fresh air exercise, cooking, gardening, traveling and kids. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband and their son is a senior at Appalachian State University in beautiful Boone, NC. Visit her website at marketbasketnutrition.com.

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