Nutrition for Seniors at Local Farmers’ Markets
Spring is here, and that means California farmers markets are open. These local markets are a great way to get fresh veggies and nutrition for seniors. Farmers come from the surrounding area with the freshest produce of the season. You’ll find organic and organically grown fruit and vegetables, as well as cut herbs, honey, and fresh-baked goods. Some vendors sell homemade prepared foods, like hummus, trail mix, and sweet treats. Most farmers and vendors are happy to chat and answer questions about how to prepare different foods. Farmers’ markets bring people together, and they are a great way to get out and get some fresh air and meet neighbors.
California Farmers’ Markets Are Bursting With Fresh Produce
Low-income seniors can enroll in the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. This federally funded program gives qualified applicants vouchers to purchase fresh produce, cut herbs, and honey. The program is a great way to get excellent nutrition for seniors who might not be able to afford it otherwise. Find out more about SFMNP in California.
Most farmers markets are held once a week. In a populous area like Los Angeles, it’s possible to find certified farmers’ markets nearly every day of the week in different communities. Check out the list of local markets here. Get some friends together and make a day of it! Farmers’ markets often have live music and craft vendors, too. Some have special activities for kids, so there’s fun for everyone in the family.