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2017 Salt Lake VA Farmers Market

Farmer handing beefsteak tomatoes to Veteran.

Veteran buying fresh tomatoes from Salt Lake City VA Farmers Market.

By Cassidy Moore, Master's Nutrition Intern
Friday, July 28, 2017

It is summer and Farmers Market season! Farmers markets are a fun, relaxing gathering place and the best location to find the freshest locally grown vegetables and fruits.  More than a million people visit farmers markets each week in the US.  The Salt Lake City VA Farmers Market features fresh produce and other tasty options, grilled lunch, healthy recipe tasting, a fun workout, and a relaxing atmosphere with Veteran musicians sharing their talents. 

It is estimated food travels about 1500 miles before it reaches your plate. As you can imagine, this does not make for a very sustainable food system. What exactly does that mean? A sustainable food system is a food system that delivers food security and nutrition for all in such a way that the economic, social, and environmental bases generate food security and nutrition for the future are not compromised. In other words, it means that how we eat today ensures that there will be food available in the future. Unfortunately, many of the ways food is purchased and consumed today does not ensure that.

So how can you help to make our food system more sustainable? Going to a local farmers market, such as the VA Farmers Market, is a huge step in the right direction! By eating locally grown food, you reduce the number of miles that food travels to get to your plate. There are many benefits to this. For the environment, this means less fuel is used, pollution is reduced, and the food does not require as much packing material. Not only does the environment thank you, but your body will too. By consuming food that is from local farms, you are eating it at its peak of freshness to offer the most nutritional content and the best taste. Finally, your farmers will thank you! Supporting local farmers ensures that the money goes right into their pockets instead of the grocery store. It also grows the local economy by keeping your dollars circulating in your community. Everyone wins when we buy fresh local products. Our food system isn’t going to change overnight but by making small changes, such as supporting local farmers markets, it can make a big difference. 

VA Salt Lake City Farmers Market Wednesdays,
August 2 – September 6, 2017
11 am – 2 pm
Outside Building 8, lawn and picnic area

Resources:

https://cuesa.org/learn/10-reasons-support-farmers-markets

http://www.fao.org/home/en/

http://www.sustainabletable.org/254/local-regional-food-systems

 

Fruits and vegetables are great for healthy meals and snacks. For more information about healthy eating, contact a VA dietitian or the MOVE! Program. 

Joan Heusser, RD, CD
Registered Dietitian
Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager
VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
For more information, call 801-582-1565, x4246

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