Great news! There are thousands of new places opening up across the country with delicious, healthy, fresh food. It’s even better than what you can get at the usual supermarket or even at health food stores. You don’t have to read labels most of the time. Does it sound too good to be true? Well, Farmer’s Markets are about to open up across the country. Most open in May or June.
Farmer’s Markets are a fabulous place to get gluten free and allergen free foods, too. Yes, many have a booth with baked goods or soups, but aside from that, it’s a paradise of gluten free goodness.
Benefits of shopping at the Farmer’s Market
- Fresh produce and meat-most fruits and vegetables are picked that day
- Support for local farmers
- Few or fewer pesticides on fruits and vegetables. A plum shipped from Chile need a lot of pesticides to keep it lovely even after traveling thousands of miles.
- Better taste! There’s nothing that compares to the taste of a freshly picked tomato, peach, or apple.
- The “manufacturer” is usually right in front of you, so if you have questions about how something is made or grown, just ask!
Also, another great option are CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)
Locally grown food resources
Local Farmer’s Market Links:
Summary of local CSAs for 2011 from the Washington Post
Farms, CSAs, etc.
www.localharvest.org Community Supported Agriculture (or CSAs) allow people to buy a ‘share’ in a farm and pick up a bag of fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods weekly. Pick up points are located throughout D.C. and suburbs. Foods vary week to week and usually come with recipes.
Missed the window for a CSA? Don’t despair! There are plenty of resources below!
Organic Grocery Delivery Services/Farm Clubs
Arganica Farm Club
Locally source food club w/delivery to homes in NoVa, MD & DC
Food Matters CSA–but also a cafe w/catering, too!
(703) 461 3663
Mount Vernon Farms
Through buyers clubs or go out to the farm!. In Sperryville, VA. Pastured beef, lamb and chicken.
Farm in the Shenandoah Valley with pastured meats and eggs that are delivered locally or bought in bulk
South Mountain Veggies
Delivered, locally grown produce from Frederick County, MD
Washington’s Green Grocer
Delivers organic fruits, veggies and herbs to DC, VA and MD
Virtual Mother’s Farm
Glut Co-op Bethesda, MD
Takoma Park Co-op
Tel: 301-891-2667/ Tel: 240-247-2667
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