Love Your Local Farmer

Happy Farmers’ Market Season!

Known internationally for its abundant seafood, Cape Cod’s reputation as a local food destination is steadily growing.  More and more people are realizing just how much food can be grown right here on the Cape, much of it organic.  Right now, you can easily find asparagus, spring garlic, swiss chard, kale, radishes, and of course plenty of local eggs and meat.  We will soon begin to see gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, zucchini, garlic scapes and berries, among other treats.

 Nicole Cormier, owner of Sandwich’s Delicious Living Nutrition, is curating the new Mashpee Commons Farmers’ Market, which occurs every Saturday from 1:30 – 6 pm, June through October.  Nicole tells us why eating local makes sense:  “First, when produce doesn’t have to travel a great distance, it can stay in the ground longer and we get the full nutritional benefits of our food.  That also means less impact on the environment.  Supporting local farmers strengthens our economy and gives us a better appreciation for the foods we are choosing to consume.  Convenience foods lack quality and nutrients, both of which can be found in fresh, local, seasonal produce.”

Exploring farmers’ markets is a great way to be adventurous whether you’re a local or a visitor. Get to know our farmers, who love to share recipes and tips. You can find dozens of farms and local vendors throughout the Cape, from Falmouth to Orleans (in its 20th year!) to Wellfleet, generally through October.  Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod is a fantastic resource, with detailed information on markets, farms, fish shares, and seasonal growing schedules

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