Falling for Fall Farmers Markets

It’s National Farmers Day and we’re celebrating by bringing you a few tips for making the most of your local farmers markets during the fall season. 

Published October 12, 2017

The time has come to make the switch from warm-weather fruits to root vegetables rich in vitamin C. Start the season off right with these tips on what to shop for at your local farmers market this fall: 

Apples are packed with vitamin C and B-complex vitamins, which are key in maintaining red blood cells. They are also high in fiber and contain minerals such as calcium and potassium. 

apples

Pumpkin is a highly nutrient-dense food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and low in calories. Pumpkin has a range of health benefits, including beta-carotene–a powerful antioxidant. This is what gives orange fruits and vegetables their bright color! 
Winter squash such as butternut, acorn and spaghetti squash are packed with antioxidants. They’re also a source of healthy starch that can regulate energy levels by controlling blood sugar and insulin.

Brussels sprouts are high in vitamin C and can be found at farmers markets throughout the fall season. These fresh, leafy greens are also packed with folate, iron and calcium.  

Cauliflower is high in vitamins K and B, folate and other minerals. Additionally, it promotes healthy bacteria in the digestive system.

Many of these seasonal choices even have longer shelf lives than their spring and summer counterparts. Support our environment while you shop by choosing fresh, local produce.

Don’t forget to bring your reusable bag! Happy shopping! 

Previous Post

Featured Stories

Cold-stunned turtle patient Animal Rescue Update: Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles

The 32 cold-stunned rescue sea turtles in the National Aquarium’s care are improving after a few weeks under the watchful eyes of our staff.

Read the full story

WeGo at the National Aquarium WeGo: Bringing the Aquarium to Critically Ill Children

A pilot program at the National Aquarium brings the wonder of the world’s aquatic treasures directly to children in local hospitals.

Read the full story

Related Stories

Exploring Costa Rican aquaculture

Published August 16, 2011

A Blue View: Fall Bird Migration

Published September 20, 2012