Buy Local At The Saratoga Farmers' Market!
Editor's Note: New York State has not restricted farmers markets from being open during the public health crisis. They are exempt under mass gathering guidance as essential food supply chain industries.
For fresh, healthy organic produce, buy local at the Saratoga Farmers' Market - open year round! Learn which foods you should put on your grocery list for your next trip.
(Please note: it is also important to buy organic meats, eggs, and dairy)
Local Fruits & Vegetables
Put these fruits and vegetables at the top of your "Buy Organic List." They typically contain high levels of pesticides when not purchased organically.
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Imported snap peas
Looking for safe non-organic produce? These fruits and veggies are relatively healthy, even when not produced organically.
- Sweet corn
- Sweet potatoes
Here's a tip: Terms like 'natural,' 'free-range,' and 'hormone-free' do not mean the same as organic. They are frequently used by the food industry, and the USDA has no certification standard for them.
What's in season when: It's important to know which fruits and vegetables are in season in Saratoga! We've broken down our foods from the list above into the best seasons to purchase them.
- Fall: Apples, grapes, potatoes, cabbage, sweet potatoes, cauliflower
- Winter: Celery, kiwi
- Spring: Snap peas, onions, asparagus, grapefruit
- Summer: Peaches, nectarines, strawberries, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, corn, mangos, cantaloupe
- Year-round: Spinach
Still need motivation to visit the Saratoga Farmers' Market? Just remember that when you buy local, you are supporting organic farms that are not harming the environment. These farms don't release pesticides, they use less energy than a comparable non-organic farm and they produce less waste per unit area.