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by Evelyn Fielding

Of course you can buy fruits and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market—fresh, in season, and packed with nutrients. But did you know many vendors also offer home baked breads, delicious jams and jellies, and even organic soaps? Buying these products direct from small producers ensures you’re getting the best of family traditions and innovation.

Baked goods from the Farmer’s Market offer you an excellent alternative to dry, artificially preserved breads and rolls from the grocery store. Whole grain breads that still hold the imprint of a loving hand are absolutely delicious. Read the ingredients—you can pronounce them! Many of the sweets are produced from family recipes multiplied to feed hungry Farmer’s Market visitors, carrying on the tradition of using nothing but the finest ingredients in food.

You remember the fruit jams your grandmother used to make…clear and sparkling, packed with bits of perfectly ripe fruit just picked from the tree and vine. So delicious on a warm slice of handmade bread, and not too sweet. Even fine artisan jams and jellies from the grocery store can’t match the love and care that goes into a jar of goodness from someone’s kitchen.

Hand made soaps and bath products are very hard to find even in good alternative grocery stores. Soap making with goat’s milk, pure glycerin, and the best essential oils is an art form few people have the talent and courage to explore. Yet these products are a necessity for anyone with allergies or sensitivity to some of the artificial ingredients in soap. Going organic means introducing green products into every aspect of your life—including the bath.

While you’re shopping for fresh veggies for this evening’s dinner, take a look at the vendors who offer fresh baked goods, delicious jams and jellies, home produced soap, and other fine products. Everything for sale at the Farmer’s Market is produced by local folks who take immense pride in their offerings—take advantage of that love and care to improve your own family’s health and well-being.

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