1. Taste Real Flavors: The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers’ market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you — no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets — fresh from the farm.

2. Enjoy the Season: The food you buy at the farmers’ market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking from the farmers’ market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year.

3. Nourish Yourself: Some food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and genetic modification. Most food found at the farmers’ market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.

4. Know Where Your Food Comes From: A regular trip to a farmers’ market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.

5. Connect with Your Community: Wouldn’t you rather stroll amid outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped-in music? Coming to the farmers’ market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers’ market is a community hub — a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of our wonderful big city.

Hughson FFA helps at the Hughson Farmers’ Market almost every week to sell eggs and local and FFA-grown produce. Members sign up to work each week to learn more about the business of agriculture.

This is a great opportunity for members to make connections with agriculture business leaders in the community of Hughson.

This past week, Michelle Borges had a booth set up about agriculture literacy. People could spin a prize wheel, then be asked a question about agriculture and could win a prize. This is a great way to connect with the community members of Hughson and to increase people’s knowledge about agriculture.

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