One of my favorite memories growing up was going to the Dallas Farmer’s Market with my grandparents. It was so full of fresh produce and I loved seeing all the vibrant colors that went on for what seemed like miles. What I love most about farmer’s markets is getting what I eat directly from the source and knowing exactly what is coming to my table. You can find great local markets where you live with the handy Local Harvest and USDA locators.
So why am I still hooked on farmer’s markets as an adult? One word: organic. The USDA standards are that “organic farming systems rely on ecologically based practices such as cultural and biological pest management, exclusion of all synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones in crop and livestock production.” Pesticides, in short, are chemicals. Who wants chemicals in not only their food, but sometimes what their food eats? Kelapo works to ensure sustainable practices, like organic farming, are an integral part of our sourcing methods.
If you think about it too long, it can make your head spin. To make my life a little easier, I have the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen Plus” and “Clean Fifteen” on my fridge as a daily reminder of what produce we really should buy organic. Here’s a printable version for your own kitchen.
Not sure what to do with all those fresh veggies and berries? We have plenty of recipes you can use your farmer’s market haul in, including Garlic Mashed Cauliflower, Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry, Fruit Salsa or the Lactose-Free Strawberry Smoothie!