What’s On Your Plate?

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It’s that time of the year again where your local farmers market has a lot going on. One summer when I wanted to work in my community instead of traveling around the state, I worked at a local Farmers Market on the weekends. That was one of the most fun summers I ever had in my own home town. I got to see everybody from my community who ate healthy, listen to great music, and enjoy the outdoors. I learned how to make fresh tomato sauces, green beans in a wok, REAL popcorn from corn and dry fresh sage. Now I have to admit, getting to work at 6:30 on a Saturday after getting my party on Friday was difficult, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I still pass on the Farmer’s Market weekly newsletter to a group of people I know who eat healthy.
Here are my suggestions on why to buy your fruits and vegetables from the Farmer Market during the summer:

Cheaper Organic Fruits & Veggies
You can find a variety of fresh, organic produce at more affordable prices than in a supermarket. There are also many farmers that carry products that are not technically “organic,” (as this is a costly), but have many low-priced foods that are pesticide and herbicide free. The advantage at a farmers market is that you can actually talk to the farmer

Eat Seasonally
By shopping at the local farmers market, you will eat seasonally, fresh and ripe. This is another great way to increase your overall health. Supermarkets offer too much variety and the food is picked before it has ripened decreasing the vitality.

Fresher Fruits & Veggies
The food from your local farmers market is, quite frankly, fresher. Because it was grown locally, there is a good chance that the apple you buy from the farmer was picked a few days ago. This is virtually impossible in a big supermarket.

Help Save the Environment
By buying your produce locally, you’re doing more than making a healthy choice; you’re supporting sustainable and local agricultural practices, which in turn help to save the earth.

OK so if you didn’t know I take eating locally seriously. My sister calls me a locavore. The term “locavore” refers to people who try to only eat food grown, processed and produced within a 100 mile radius of where they live. But I just like the fresh food….AMAZING!

Quote of this week: Remember NOTHING is as important as you are….Take care of yourself.

Peace……

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