Summer Wellness: Benefits of Farmers Markets
While yoga is our preferred way to practice wellness this summer, the Stratosphere41 team also wants to highlight some of our favorite summer wellness practices. With warmer temperatures and longer days, spending time walking outside can promote health benefits. One of our favorite ways to do this is by visiting local farmers markets. A trip to your local farmers market has positive impacts on your personal wellness while also supporting your community and the environment.
Similar to the benefits of yoga, walking through a farmers market supports physical wellness, stimulating our body processes while also spending time in the sun to absorb more Vitamin D. Yet, spending time surrounded by rows of local produce also provides exposure to fresh, in-season produce. Consuming in-season produce has a plethora of health benefits, boosting the natural benefits of fruits and vegetables and avoiding the chemicals that support the growth of non-seasonal produce.
Spending time at your local farmers market this summer goes beyond supporting your personal health—it also supports local community farmers and protects the environment. Shopping locally establishes a connection between consumers and the food available in their communities. This opportunity to purchase produce in your own backyard can also reduce your carbon footprint through the consumption of locally produced fruits and vegetables as opposed to produce farmed out of the city, state, or even country.
A visit to your local farmers market this summer can have a lot of benefits, on small and large scales. Take a short walk, pick up some produce, and roll out your Stratosphere41 towel for a picnic nearby!
If you’re traveling to Los Angeles this summer, here are a few of our favorite farmers markets in the area:
Culver City – Tuesday, 2 - 7 PM
Downtown Santa Monica – Wednesday, 8 AM - 1 PM
Larchmont Village – Wednesday, 1 - 5 PM
Westwood Village – Thursday, 12 - 5 PM
Torrance – Saturday, 8 AM - 1 PM
Playa Vista – Saturday, 9 AM - 2 PM
Main Street Santa Monica – Sunday, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM