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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Onions are one of the best things to buy at the farmers' market.Onions
Oddly enough, buying local onions could help save a farm. A few years ago, the U.S. government loosened trade restrictions with Peru, and the result has been a glut of imported onions that has dropped the price local farmers can get for their crops by half. As a result, domestic onion growers have slowly been cutting back on the number of onions they grow. All of Peru’s onion exports aren’t doing farmers there any good, either. The primary pesticide used on Peru’s onion crops, methamidophos, has been linked to sperm damage in farmers.

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Photo: (cc) Steven Depolo

 

 
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