Age Gracefully: A Guide to Getting Healthy Foods at Garstang Market

Garstang Market is a popular destination that stretches the length of the High Street. The market is open every Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Getting to Garstang Market

There are three main options for getting to Garstang Market:

  1. The nearest parking is at High Street Car Park. Up to 1 hour is £1.00. Up to 3 hours is £2.00. 11 disabled access spaces are available.
  2. Dial a Ride provides a door-to-door wheelchair accessible minibus service for people who are unable to use, or don’t have, regular bus services. The bus does not follow a set route or timetable but can be flexible to respond to the individual as well as repeat requests. Many people use the service for shopping but other requests include healthcare and social visits. It is a friendly bus service and many people enjoy the social contact with regular fellow passengers. Call: 0845 121 76 86.
  3. Home Instead At Home Instead, we often enjoy taking clients to the local market to stock up on local produce. Not only do we provide home care and companionship, but our local Care Professionals also provide support with local transport as part of the regular visits, too.

Seasonal Produce

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential for maintaining good health and wellbeing, especially as we age. Local markets are great places to find seasonal fruits and vegetables that are full of essential nutrients. In the UK, the main seasons for produce are:

  • Spring: asparagus, broccoli, spinach
  • Summer: berries, cherries, cucumbers
  • Autumn: carrots, parsnips, turnips
  • Winter: squash, potatoes, onions

To make the most of your market haul, it’s important to store your produce properly. For example, bananas and avocados should be kept at room temperature until ripe, while berries and leafy greens should be stored in the fridge. Apples and citrus fruits can last for weeks in the fridge, while root vegetables can be stored in a cool, dark place for several weeks.

Tips for Getting the Best Prices at food markets

If you’re looking to get the most out of your trip to a weekly food market in Garstang there are a few tips you can follow to get the best prices on fresh, healthy produce.

Firstly, try to go towards the end of the day when vendors are more likely to offer discounts on items that haven’t been sold. Secondly, bring your own shopping bags to avoid paying for plastic bags which can add up over time. Thirdly, be willing to negotiate on prices – many vendors will be happy to haggle a bit with you, especially if you’re buying multiple items. Finally, consider buying in bulk – many vendors offer discounts for larger purchases.

Healthy Eating for Older Adults

As we age, it’s important to pay extra attention to our diet to maintain good health and wellbeing. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. In addition to fresh produce, older adults should aim to eat a variety of foods from all the major food groups, including whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Older adults may also benefit from taking a daily multivitamin and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

At Home Instead, we understand the importance of eating well and living a healthy lifestyle. Our dedicated Care Professionals can help you with everything from meal preparation to transportation to local markets. With our personalised care and support, you can age gracefully and maintain your independence. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to request a Care Consultation.

FAQs

What are the opening times of Garstang Market?

Garstang Market is open every Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. This gives you plenty of time to browse the stalls and pick up fresh, healthy produce.

Where is Garstang Market located?

Garstang Market is located in the heart of Garstang on the High Street. The market stretches the length of the street and offers a variety of stalls selling everything from fresh produce to household goods.

Can Home Instead provide assistance with transportation to Garstang Market?

Yes, Home Instead provides home care and support with local transportation. Their Care Professionals can help provide companionship during the week and assist with getting to local markets like Garstang Market. Contact Home Instead in Garstang and the wider Lancaster area to learn more about our home care services and how they can help you.