Benefits of shopping at local farmers' markets

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, shares advice for parents on the benefits that shopping at local farmers' markets has for your family and your community
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Benefits of shopping at local farmers' markets

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When we think about going green, many of us also think about going to the farmer's market. But there are things to consider when you're talking about making a trip. One is that not all of the food in a farmer's market is organic. So you definitely need to have that conversation with the farmer and make sure that they're not spraying their crops with pesticides or insecticides. Whereas in a regular market you can just look for that USDA Certified Organic seal. But the farmer's market, while it may not necessarily be a choice that you're making in terms or organic and not organic, it is a better choice in terms of the big picture. So when you're buying from a local farmer, when you're buying sustainably, especially sustainably from a local farmer, that farmer is selling directly to you. There's no big shipping container, there's no big packaging, there's not a lot of plastic. You're really avoiding a lot of those things that contribute to global warming, for example. So that can be a choice to really factor in. But really do your homework. Talk to your farmer and make sure that what you're choosing is the best food for your family.

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, shares advice for parents on the benefits that shopping at local farmers' markets has for your family and your community

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Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Mommy Greenest

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff blogs as MommyGreenest.com, founded EcoStiletto.com, is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and was editor of Children magazine—before she had kids. Rachel was featured in Los Angeles and Lucky magazines and appeared on “Today” and “CNN Headline News,” among others, to talk about leading a judgment-free, more sustainable lifestyle. A non-profit consultant and pre/postnatal yoga teacher, Rachel lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children, who range in age from kindergartener to teen.

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