April 6, 2016

PAD Farmer's Market Open for Season

Image: VA Palo Alto Farmers Market Poster
Spring is upon us and the Farmer's Markets are in full swing throughout the area.  The VA Palo Alto Health Care System is continuing their annual Farmer's Market for the 8th year at the Palo Alto campus.  The Farmer's Market resumes for 2016 today at the campus located at 3801 Miranda Ave in Palo Alto, CA and is located near the front entrance of the main hospital building.  The market will occur every Wednesday through November 9th, 2016.
Photo: A VA Staff Member makes a purchase at a market stand
You can enjoy the fruits and vegetables of the season locally grown by visiting a Farmer's Market near you.

How do I find a Farmer's Market near me?
Farmer's Markets are listed in the newspaper.  You can also look them up online by typing your city and 'Farmer's Market' in the search bar.

Tips once you get to the Farmer's Market:
  • Budget by using cash: Food can be expensive.  Bring only cash, this will keep you on budget and lets you see how far you can stretch your dollar.  Be sure to bring small bills.
  • Walk the Market before you buy: Walk all the way around the Market first, get in your extra steps and check all the prices so you get the best deal.
  • Know your food: Farmer's Markets allow you to know your food grower.  You can ask questions and learn how they would eat the food they grow.  If you are unfamiliar with a type of fruit or vegetable, your can as how to tell if they are ripe, or for a recommendation of how to prepare it.
  • Seasonal buying: Farmer's Markets grow your food locally, so you know you are eating what is in season when you shop.
  • Use your devices: If you have a long cane, support cane, 4 wheeled walker, power mobility device, sunglasses, hat,  money reader, and/or visual aide such as a magnifier - bring them and use them properly!
  • Ask for assistance: If you have a hard time seeing produce or reaching items, ask for help!  The growers at each stand will likely be more than happy to help you read prices and assist with selecting produce.  If you let them know you have vision loss, you may be surprised at how helpful they could be.

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