KUSA - 5280 Magazine's food editor Amanda Faison has some surprising ideas for you to consider next time you head to the farmers market.
Faison says you should always ask where the produce was grown because it may not be local. Farmers can bring in food when Colorado doesn't have enough to meet demand. If you want local fruits and vegetables, be sure to ask.
You should also ask if its organic. Some farmers do not post whether or not their produce has been treated with pesticides, so asking the right questions is the best way to make sure your product is exactly what you are looking for.
Be sure your produce is in season. Farmers can bring in food based on demand, but it may not be in season here in Colorado. You can join a Community Supported Agriculture group, or CSA, to be sure you are getting food that is in season as well.
Faison says you should shop early or late. head to the market as it opens if you want your pick of the produce, but head over late if you are looking for deals. Farmers can be more willing to haggle price later in the day so they don't have to take food back to the farm.
You can find out more about in season produce and search recipes at 5280.com/freshpicks.
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