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Visit a Local Farmers' Market

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Did you know?
Produce bought in grocery stores typically travels 1,500 miles from the farm where it was grown. Because of the long travel time and distance for those products, produce is picked way before it is ripe and pesticides are added to keep produce from spoiling during the long trip. Fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets are fresher than those found in grocery stores, and often contain fewer chemicals.
 

Buying fresh and local is a great way to support local farms and encourage kids to try new, healthy foods. Creating opportunities for children to be a part of local food selection offers them the experience of making new, healthy choices. Markets can be learning zones where children discover where food comes from and meet the farmers who grow it.

 

 

 

Try playing Farmers' Market Bingo!

Find a local farmers' market near you!
http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/vagrown/index.shtml

Use the ideas below or add new blocks for a fun bingo game at the farmers’ market. See who can spell FARM (four in a row: vertical, horizontal or diagonal) first and reward the winner with any fruit or vegetable of their choice!

F A R M

Find free-range eggs

Find grass-fed beef

Find free-range chicken

Pick out a ripe watermelon

Pick out a ripe zucchini

Pick out a ripe Tomato

Meet a farmer

Pick out a ripe onion

Meet a farmer

Pick out ripe basil

Find homemade canned goods

Weigh an item using a scale

Pick out a ripe eggplant

Make a transaction

Meet a farmer

Make a transaction

Smiling child with apples at farmers' marketFarmers' Markets are expanding!

Many farmers’ markets in Virginia are equipped with Electronic Benefit Machines (EBT). These machines allow credit cards and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits to be accepted by the farmers’ market to purchase items. Many of the vegetables and produce at the farmer’s market are less expensive than the grocery store because they are grown and sold locally.