Do you have a farmers market close to you? I hope so! Farmers Markets are not only fun, they are also a great way to support your local farmers.
Here are 5 reasons to find a farmers market near you:
1) Get fresh & cheaper food from the farm
The fruits and vegetables that you buy are sold directly to you without any need for shipping or sitting in storage. In addition to being fresh, a study for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont found that prices were lower for many conventionally produced grocery items at farmers markets than they were at supermarkets.
2) Ask for cooking tips from the people who know
Often times the farmers and artisans selling food at the farmers market are happy to teach you about how to best cook their food.
3) Spread happiness in your community
There are so many people shopping and hanging around that it’s easy to strike up a conversation or even hand out a happy note. Sometimes there is even musical entertainment like this “Smiling Accordion Sensation”.
Did you know that certain foods can actually have an effect on your mood? I didn’t until recently when I was trying to think of what to give out at our first Happster meet up. I wanted to give something that people would not just enjoy eating, but also positively affects their mood.
Here are my main findings about mood-boosting foods:
These vitamins are also called “anti-stress vitamins”
They balance your mood and can help ease your anxiety
Some foods with vitamin B include asparagus, nuts, brown rice, bananas, and beans
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
They are known to be brain-boosting and help keep anger in check
There have been studies that show they may help fight depression
Some foods with omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, sardines, flax seeds and walnuts
Vitamin D regulates serotonin, dopamine and other mood hormones
Studies have shown vitamin D can help combat seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Some foods with vitamin D include fortified milk and orange juice, sardines, eggs, mushrooms, salmon and tuna
Phenylethylamine is a mild alkaloid stimulant that your body produces as a byproduct of the amino acid phenylalanine
They lift your mood, perception and awareness
Some foods with Phenylethylamine include chocolate, eggs, soybeans, nuts and seeds
I don’t know about you, but I was particularly happy to see chocolate on the list of happy foods! I’m just scratching the surface with mood-boosting foods and am sure there is a much longer list than I’ve provided here.