1. Great Produce and Freshness
Local foods arrive at the market within 24 hours of being harvested in season. They don’t only taste delicious, they last longer as well.
2. Great Taste-Less Waste
The quality of the food remains because the farmer will allow the food to ripen in the field and will harvest them at the peak of their flavor. They are crisp with good texture. The farmer’s also have tons of tips on growing and preparing the fresh fruits and veggies.
3. Season and Community
There is nothing like strolling on a beautiful saturday morning with a fresh cup of coffee and the dog while listening to a local musician singing. It’s just a good way to start the day!
Each farmer will have his own variety of items and may introduce you to something you might not have considered trying. Have you ever tried purple dragon carrots? They just sound sexy!
5. Helping Local Farmers
This is my number one reason for visiting the market. For each dollar spent in conventional food markets, only 9 cents actually goes to the farmer. The rest goes to suppliers, processors, middlemen and marketers.
I know that I have to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet. But, it’s expensive and I don’t know where the heck I’m going to get coupons for fresh produce! If I buy them in the store, are they all grown without pesticides? Do I have to buy organic?
So I think I’ll build a garden and grown them at home. Is the soil in my backyard safe? Is there an industrial plant nearby spilling chemicals into my soil. How much of my dumb dog’s pee does it take to lower the nutritional value of the bell pepper?
Tower garden is a state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system that allows almost anyone to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables at home. All you need is a sunny patio,deck, or balcony. Maybe I will use this product to bridge the gap.
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Big City Farms specializes in growing heirloom and open-pollinated vegetables on vacant parcels of land in downtown Indianapolis. The operation is committed to bringing farming back into the urban environment. The produce is availabe to the public through a CSA program that runs from June through October. In addition to growing high-quality vegetables, the farm also works to increase food and farming educational opportunities, as well as exploring ways in which well-grown produce can be made more accessible to under-served populations. Big City Farms partnered with Wishard Hospital last year, as part of a pilot program to get local vegetables directly to participants in a healthy living program. The feedback from the patients was wonderful, and the dieticians noticed that the overall eating habits of the folks dramatically improved once they had guaranteed access to fresh produce.