The University of Missouri (MU) has been working on programs aimed at increasing the public’s consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables: the Missouri Farm to Institution and Farm to School projects.
The initiatives’ organizers report that buying produce from local farmers at open-air markets can be a fun family activity that will get everyone eating healthier, as well as support community-based agriculture.
“Next time you’re at your local farmers market or grocery store, ask your child to pick out something new to try at home. You might be surprised at what they pick! Let them decide if they like new foods,” said coordinator Lorin Fahrmeier.
By consuming fruits and vegetables that were harvested at their peak, individuals may find themselves cooking tastier meals, since seasonal produce has been shown to be fresher compared to off-season foods. Moreover, people will be helping support their local farmers by choosing to patronize them over a large chain grocery store.
Additionally, making an event out of visiting the farmers market may be fun for kids and get them into the habit of buying local.