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Organic Living: Farm Fresh Foods

Ann Arbor August 2013 24 (Farmer's Market)

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One of the best ways to live organically is to buy farm fresh foods. The best way to do that is to frequent you local farmer’s markets. Here is Long Beach, Calif., we have several and one is being held somewhere within 10-15 miles of my home almost every day of the week!

So why not look up and remember when your local farmer’s markets are? They’re often cheaper than the grocery store, and you can ask directly about how the food was grown. Why would you do that? Well, not all food has to be labeled “Organic” to be healthy. And, there are different levels of “organic.” If you’re buying directly from the farmer, you can ask how it was made and make more educated purchasing decisions.

Want to save even more money at the farmer’s market? Stay to the end — they’ll often give out last minute deals to clear out inventory.

What if you don’t have a local farmer’s market, or it occurs at an inconvenient time? There are now alternatives to trekking out to get fresh produce. You can now sign up for your local fruit or veggie boxes. Farmers will deliver fresh organic produce straight to your door. Even some national companies offer such services that deliver local foods, too. Here are some services to check out:

Missed previous posts in this Organic Living series? Check them out here!

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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