Your family can reap the benefits of locally grown food when the Goodlettsville Farmers' Market opens on Thursday, May 2. The market will be open every Thursday through Oct. 10 (with the exception of July 4) from 3 - 7 p.m.

The Goodlettsville Farmers' Market will feature fresh produce, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, meats, locally grown plants and other goodies.

New this year, children's activities will take place each week.

The market will be located on the lawn next to the Visitor's Center at Historic Mansker's Station (705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville). For more info, call 615-859-3678 or visit goodlettsville.gov.


BENEFITS OF SHOPPING AT A FARMERS' MARKET

• Buying from local farmers supports local agriculture. In addition, your family is eating food from your local environment, which reduces the usage of fossil fuels.

• You can get organic fruits and vegetables at much cheaper prices than what you'll find in grocery stores. Plus, you can talk to the farmers to learn about their methods.

• It's always great to support your local economy.

• Enjoy the fun of eating seasonally. The produce changes as the year progresses, and you're family is eating food that's ripe in the season versus produce grown elsewhere that's picked before it's ripe and shipped to grocery stores.

• Farmers' markets typically have a huge variety of fruits and vegetables, and each farmer may have a particular method for growing them.

• Locally grown food tastes better and is good for your health. Freshly picked tomatoes from a local farm are superior in taste and quality than those found on supermaket shelves.

• A trip to the farmers' market is a fun community outing, and it's a great educational opportunity for your kids to meet local farmers and learn a little bit about agriculture.