If it seems like as you get older you’re just not as hungry as you used to be, it’s probably true. As our bodies age there’s a decrease in metabolic rate, combined with less physical activities. Yet at the same time, it’s important to get the necessary nutrients to remain strong and healthy. Older adults need more calcium and Vitamin D than in their younger years, as well as at least 21 grams of fiber per day for women and 30 grams for men.
A great way to keep getting those important vitamins and minerals in your diet is to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. But maintaining this healthy diet can be challenging for a number of reasons. First, it is sometimes inconvenient to cook homemade meals for just one person, or even two. Especially if you just don’t eat as much food as you used to. And second, it can be frustrating to buy fresh fruits and vegetables only to have them spoil before you get to use them all up. Grocery stores often package food in family-size amounts, such as a head of lettuce, a pound of carrots, or a pint of strawberries.
That’s where farmer’s markets come into play! Thanks to the personalized service at many markets, you can ask to purchase half a head of lettuce, or find someone willing to cut a cantaloupe in half or a watermelon into quarters.
Leafy, green vegetables are a great source of calcium, but who wants to buy a whole pound of kale? Farmers bringing their goods to market will often have kale, spinach, and other greens available to purchase as much or as little as you need.
Plus, you get the added benefit of a little exercise while walking around. And the conversations to be had at the farmer’s market are well worth the time!
Here in the Triad we’re lucky to live in an area where fresh produce is grown practically year round, and farmer’s markets abound. Here are a few to try out, check for one that’s in a neighborhood near you.
Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. Located right off Interstate 40 in Colfax, plan to do some walking when you go to this farmers market. A large covered area hosts farmers from across the region, many offering samples. Open year-round, Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. Located off Yanceyville Road, this market is known for its local food offerings, as well as home-baked goodies, crafts and more. Open year-round on Saturdays from 7 a.m.-12 p.m., And from April 19-Dec. 20 on Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fairgrounds Farmers Market. Locate on the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds complex, this is Forsyth County’s longest running source for locally raised fruits and vegetables. There are also vendors selling things such as flowers, handmade baskets and other crafts, jams, jellies, honey, and more. Open year-round, Saturdays, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.