Tips for making the most out of farmer's markets

Gigi Lee Chang, CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, shares advice for parents on how to make the most out of shopping at your local farmer's market
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Tips for making the most out of farmer's markets

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Farmers markets are really great because I think they really help you to focus and to learn about what's in season and what isn't and training your family understand the cycles of nature and how food interacts with the season. When you are buying from a Farmer's market though it's important to know that not all farmer's market or not all farmers have farmer's markets not necessarily organic, so one of the benefits of buying from a farmers market is supporting local farmers and your community and reducing ___ miles. That doesn't necessarily mean all the food that is available at the farmers market has been grown to be under organic processes and is pesticide free. So, what you want to do when you are shopping at the farmers market is to talk to the farmer and ask them about their practices and if they spray they will more than happy to answer the questions and often are really willing to share the work that they do. But please remember that sometimes they may not be certified organic because to be certified organic, it is a designation that you have to apply for under the USDA and it can quite expensive so often times the local farmers aren't able to spend that extra money in order to get certified, but again if you ask them and they are able to answer and you feel confident in the way that they talk about deforming practices in the fact that they don't use pesticides, than I would feel that it is okay to go ahead and purchase from them, if they use organic practice may not be certified under the USDA.

Gigi Lee Chang, CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, shares advice for parents on how to make the most out of shopping at your local farmer's market

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Gigi Lee Chang

Former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World

Gigi Lee Chang is the CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, a national non-profit organization which empowers parents to protect their children from harmful chemicals. She is a frequent speaker on various topics, including children’s health, food and nutrition, as well as socially conscious/sustainable business practices and entrepreneurship and was awarded “Brand Innovator 2008” and “2010” by Brand Packaging. In addition, Gigi has been featured in over 250 national and regional media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, MORE magazine, Yogi Times, KIWI Magazine, Cookie, Parenting, OK! Weekly, Celebrity Baby Blog, TODAY Show, Newsweek and Time Out New York Kids. Gigi is also the Founder of Plum Organics and on the advisory boards of Environmental Media Association (EMA), Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM), International Baby Planners Association (IBPA) as well as Friends of Baby Buggy.

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