Given the choice, people prefer to purchase fruits and vegetables at outdoor booths or stands. Produce is trucked in by growers who set up stands selling their flowers, fruit and vegetables. Before this, many ranches and farms simply set up tables near the road to sell their fresh, baked and canned foods. Eliminating the grocery store aspect keeps costs low because overhead is eliminated.
Growing organic produce takes space and time. To establish a good crop, weeding, watering and protection from insect pests is essential. Environmentally-friendly gardeners try alternative pest controls to protect waterways from toxins. These organic methods are in high demand in rural and urban areas. For those lacking the patience or skill, buying vegetables is the best way to add these foods to your diet.
Nutritional benefits from fresh vegetables are plentiful. Greens reduce the risk of certain cancers, add antioxidants to your diet and even lower cholesterol levels. A blueberry can be a great source of antioxidants and vitamins. You can purchase these items in grocery stores, however prices may be higher than at a farmer's market. In addition, only items found in the organic section are free of pesticides.
Shop for fresh, local produce at area farms and ranches. Some towns and cities hold seasonal festivals for growers to put their excess produce up for sale. Look for seasonal roadside stands or public venues in rural towns and communities. In urban areas, many gardeners truck in their items to sell from booths in outdoor city markets. You'll save money on all natural fruits and vegetables.