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  • Writer's pictureTracey Sinibaldi

Guide to Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets are amazing community resources that allow you to buy local and fresh products and produce. In Delaware, there are multiple locations. Although many farmers' market locations are seasonal, you still have plenty of opportunities to check them out for yourself.

Delaware agriculture has compiled a list of every location, their hours, their season, and contact information for any questions you may have.

Farmers’ Markets offer a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables — which provide vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Many phytochemicals help the body:

• Stay healthy and energetic

• Maintain a healthy weight

• Protect against the effects of aging

• Reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease

Fruit & vegetable benefits include:

• Fiber — Diets rich in dietary fiber have been shown to have a number of beneficial effects including decreased risk of coro­nary artery disease.

• Folate — Healthful diets with adequate folate may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect.

• Potassium — Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.

• Vitamin A — Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections.

• Vitamin C — Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy.

Try eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables: Blue/Purple, Green, White, Yellow/Orange, and Red.

Friendly Advice

Farmers’ Markets are a great place to shop and to get some exercise! Enjoy walking around the market! Have fun looking at all the produce and goodies! Got kids or grandkids? Take them along!

1. Bring your own bags and maybe a cooler especially if you are not going home immediately.

2. Shop early for selections, shop late for deals.

3. Bring small bills. Most markets are cash operations and usually do not have a large cash box.

4. Dress comfortably! Wear comfortable shoes if you

5. Aim to buy foods you’ll eat now when they are fresh. Select an amount you can use within a short time, especially, if you won’t need it right away.

Spending some time at your local farmers' market is good for getting out of the house, keeping the kids entertained, and supporting the community!

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