A bumber crop of healthy food choices
Fresh, locally produced fruit and veggies? Check.
Herbs and recipe ideas? Check.
You can find all that and more at the Alexandria Farmers Market. It’s open three days a week at Big Ole Central Park.
Farmers from throughout the region set up tents and tables and sell fresh fruit and vegetables at the peak of the season, along with a variety of other food items.
Dana Anderson of Alexandria and her 2-year-old son, Emmett, were among the market’s customers this past Saturday. They’re regulars, stopping there several times a week.
“I enjoy bringing my son because I feel it is important to teach good habits early on,” said Anderson, who is studying to become a certified health coach. “He looks forward to seeing the farmers and thanking them for the delicious meals we have every time we go.”
She added that kids are more apt to want to eat healthier if they take part in the shopping, preparing and cooking of the meal.
“I can see it already with my little boy!” she said. “Not only is this a great chance to do something fun, healthy and very affordable, it will make us memories forever.”
The Alexandria Farmers Market offers a full line of locally raised food, including apples, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, herbs, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, squash, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, bedding plants, flowers, elk, lamb, beef, eggs and chicken.