There is hardly a better place to purchase fresh produce, vegetables, plants, peruse local artists’ works as well as buy other organic, home grown/ home made food and items for your home than a local farmer’s market. Old Town Alexandria’s farmer’s market in Alexandria, VA has been held since 1753. The serious shoppers, like myself, arrive at 6:00 am on Saturday morning to get the best choices.
Vendors are very pleasant and helpful. I made several friends as I discussed the details of their items they were selling. The vendor pictured described to me several types of tomatoes that she was selling, all organic and with various flavors and colors. I bought several and they were excellent.
Many tables showed a beautiful array of vegetables and fruits of various types. I learned about a purple pepper, one that I never knew existed. It was very pretty, healthy and tasted great. Many of the vendors also had free tastings which lured customers to their tables. Another vendor sold hand carved wood items. There were several vendors selling plants as well.
At a time when it is difficult to eat healthy with all the temptations of fast food and processed food in the grocery stores, a farmer’s market offers a viable, affordable and fun alternative. A family can make a trip together, find some great tasting and interesting food without the processed sugar and have something healthy and fun to eat there and bring home.
Women ages 19-30 need 2 cups for fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables for their requirement of fruits and vegetables a day. Active women require more and age groups vary a bit. A girl 2-3 years old needs 1 cup of each a day and it increases with age. Therefore. it is important for women to be good role models for their children and to teach their families early the importance of fruits and vegetables for health and that they can taste good. When you involve your family in the process, such as going to a farmer’s market together, the goal of good health can be accomplished quite easily.
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