The 8 Best Foods to Buy at Farmers’ Markets

Yes, farm-fresh produce tastes better, but there are dozens more reasons why you should support local food.

By Emily Main

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Carrots are one of the best things to buy at the farmers' market.Carrots
You’ll never find anything but standard orange carrots at a supermarket, but you’ll find them in every hue, from purple to white, at local farm stands. Those colorful varieties, particularly purple carrots, have higher antioxidant values than commercially grown orange carrots, according to a study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. They’re also better for the planet. The energy required to store carrots when they’re out of season or being shipped long distances accounts for 60 percent of the greenhouse-gas emissions associated with carrot production.
 
Read More: Why purple carrots are so good for you.

Photo: (cc) Ed Yourdon

 

Photo: (cc) Ed Yourdon

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