Is food at the farmers market healthier? - WSMV News 4

Is food at the farmers market healthier?

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Shopping at local farmers markets help the people who grow fruits and veggies here in Middle Tennessee. But is that produce healthier that what you purchase at the supermarket?

Ridgetop, TN, farmer Troy Smiley said the biggest benefit to shoppers is the short window between when the crops are picked and when they are sold.

"If it's shipped from half way across the country, four or five days of travel, and sitting in a warehouse, it's not as fresh. The produce I sell is picked fresh every day," said Smiley.

Another benefit of buying locally is that if you have a question about what you are buying, or how it was grown, you don't have to go too far for the answers.

Growers can give you advice on healthy ways to prepare your meal.

"If you are eating locally, going to farmers market, knowing that food is fresh, preparing at home, there's going to be less sodium and processed ingredients (that are) shown to increase the risk for different diseases," said registered dietician Brittany Siler.

Those diseases and issues include obesity and high blood pressure, which can shorten your life.

So, whether you shop at the farmers market or in the grocery store, have a conversation with your children about what you're buying and why.

Never miss an opportunity to tell your family why you're making certain choices about your diet.

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