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Fresh Marionberries at Farmers Markets

Why You Should Be Shopping at Farmers Markets

You should try shopping at your local farmers markets for these 6 reasons:

1. It can save you money. At a farmers market, you can pick out exactly how much of something you need. Only need one carrot? No need to buy a bunch you won’t use, like you might have to do at the grocery store.

And the produce at a farmer’s market is only what’s fresh and in-season. It’s also local. At the grocery store, you’re paying for your fruit to be shipped across the country from where it is in-season. By buying your fruits and veggies locally based on what is fresh, you stop paying your food’s travel costs.

Illinois also has a Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program that gives you a free booklet of checks that you can use at local markets. Find details and participating counties and markets on the Illinois Department on Aging’s site.

2. You can support your community. Because the people selling at farmer’s markets live in the area, your money goes back into the local economy.

3. Many accept SNAP and WIC benefits. Many farmers markets accept these to make sure families can afford buying healthy, fresh food. Learn more about which ones take SNAP and WIC, or check out this list of all the farmer’s markets that take Illinois Link Benefits.

Certain markets, like the new Champaign Farmers’ Market downtown, have special deals for SNAP users, so it’s always good to check with the info booth first. At their market, they will double up to $20 of benefits per person while funds last when you bring your Link card to the market booth!

4. It has lots of healthy foods. Fresh fruits and veggies are full of nutrients and antioxidants and are a big part of the MyPlate guidelines from the USDA that help you eat healthier.

5. The farmers often have suggestions. They can tell you what foods are the best right now, help you find new things to try, and tell you the best ways to cook what you buy.

6. It’s a good family activity. It’s a great way to get your kids involved and learning about healthy eating, and it’s so nice to shop outside on a beautiful day.

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Cooking Healthy Cauliflower Recipes

Healthy Cauliflower Recipes

This week in food, we featured another vegetable that is perfectly in season in April, cauliflower. These healthy cauliflower recipes make the most of it.

First up for Meatless Monday was a healthy Teriyaki Cauliflower Rice Bowl, which uses “rice” made out of cauliflower, but you’ll never know the difference.

Teriyaki Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Image and Recipe via Yup.. It’s Vegan!


Try this recipe for one of the food substitutes sweeping the internet, Skinny Cauliflower Mash. Perfect for mashed potato lovers.

The Nutrition Twins Skinny Cauliflower Mash


These Cheesy Cauliflower Tots are perfect to fool your kids, or even just your inner child, into a healthy snack.

Cheesy Cauliflower Tots


This Greek Roasted Lemon Cauliflower and Potatoes with Feta Cheese recipe is an all-in-one side dish for any dinner.

Greek Roasted Lemon Cauliflower and Potatoes with Feta Cheese
Image and Recipe via Yup.. It’s Vegan!


You can make pizza with a cauliflower crust for much fewer calories, and it will be delicious with a full serving of veggies.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Image and Recipe via Joe and Sue


This Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds is a bright and tasty side for spring entrees.

Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds


Try making Healthy Blackened Chicken Fajitas with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice the next time you’re craving takeout.

Healthy Blackened Chicken Fajitas with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Healthy Blackened Chicken Fajitas With Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice