Farmers' Markets & CSAs
Green Tip of the Month: Farmers' Markets & CSAs
Call out the middle man
Wholesale prices that farmers get for their products are low, often near the cost of production. Local farmers who sell directly to consumers get full retail price for their food, which helps farm families stay on the land. Try a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which allows you to pick up a box of locally grown produce every week at a central location in the city. Visit localharvest.org to find participating farms.
Farm to table means fresher food
In supermarkets, fruits and vegetables travel, on average, more than 1,200 miles before reaching the consumer, and 7 to 14 days can go by between the time produce is picked and when it becomes available. Choosing farmers’ market produce means that food will be at the peak of freshness and nutrient availability because it gets to your table much faster. And a shorter commute for your produce means a smaller carbon footprint, too.
Don’t forget to bring your own reusable bag to the farmers’ market! Use it in place of a disposable plastic bag and cut down on waste even more. Purchase a Rockefeller reusable bag at the CRC café for $3.25.
Did You Know?
Farmers with NYC’s farmers’ market consortium, Greenmarket, grow thousands of varieties of fruits and vegetables, including over 100 varieties each of apples and tomatoes. Visit grownyc.org to find a market near you.