Happy National Farmers Market Week
This week is National Farmers Market Week and this new free app can let you know when local produce will be available as well as some other great insight. We should each aim to eat as much local produce as possible because it not only supports our local farmers but is healthier for us too. The produce has had a very short commute to the farmers stand and the flavor will burst because it’s so ripe and yummy. Most locally grown produce has a smaller “footprint” and will probably cost less also.
The new free app is GRACE Communications Foundation (GRACE) and is available for both Android and iOS phones as well as on the web. After you download the app, you can select your state, month and produce item. Try it. We would love to know what you think. The only drawback might be New York is a large state and the growing season differs from western NY to eastern NY.
There is also a belief that eating more seasonally and locally allows us to be more in-synch with our community. Who knows if that is an old wives tale or has some credence. However, I just learned that corn comes into season in late August in NY (can’t wait) and an ear of corn always has an even amount of rows. Interesting, right? Check this app out and you might just be eating more local produce at its peak as well as learn something new.