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An Easy Way to Eat Healthier This Summer

If you’re looking for another way to eat healthy this summer, the experts at the Harvard School of Public Health recommend that you check out your local farmers’ market.

April Bowling, a doctoral student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, tells the Harvard Women’s Health Watch that “when you attend a farmers’ market, you can have exposure to all kinds of fruits and vegetables that you may not see in your local grocery store. You may try things that you would not normally eat.”

According to an article in the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, not only do farmers’ markets give consumers the opportunity to buy a larger selection of produce, but there’s an inherently healthy atmosphere to them. The article says that many markets offer cooking and educational classes, and that seeing others make healthy choices can encourage you to do the same.

Here, according to the article In the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, are some other advantages of farmers’ markets:

Freshness. This means that the produce is “at its peak in flavor and nutrition.”

Variety. You may find some fruits or vegetables you haven’t seen before or new versions of old standards.

Information. The sellers can tell you about the kind of farming methods they used and give you some suggestions on food preparation. You can learn a lot at a farmers’ market because the people who sell the produce are likely to have had a hand in growing it. They should be able to tell you the kind of farming methods used and offer suggestions on preparing the food.

Fewer temptations. You won’t see any aisles full of processed foods, or checkout counters with racks of candy.

Sustainability. If you eat locally or regionally, that means less energy is used to transport the food. Additionally, the Harvard experts say, supporting regional agriculture is good for your community.

Click here to find a local farmers’ market; the list is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To find out more from Harvard about women’s health issues, click here to subscribe to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch.