Monday, March 21, 2011

Farmers Market Season!!

Spring!! Spring to most people means flowers blooming, warmer weather and longer days....to me it means farmers market season! A chance to eat fresh again! I'm so lucky to work for Polyface and have access to yummy meats and fresh produce grown right outside our door - believe me I don't take that for granted one bit! But it's also getting easier for all of us with farmers market season right around the corner and more and more farms offering CSA's - we all have access to healthy, local food! Now, I know what you're saying..."I don't have one close enough to me" or "I don't have time to cook and it's more expensive". I know, I've been there and it's so easy to become overwhelmed with making the decision to eat locally and seasonally that you decide that it's just too much trouble. Let me tell you a story.....I used to sell Polyface products at St. Stephen's Farmers Market in Richmond, VA and there was a little girl who came to the market every Saturday with her parents. She was about 10 years old. She had been learning about the importance of healthy eating in school and wanted to prepare a meal sourced from local farmers and growers. She would visit the market with her parents, and $20 to buy eggs, veggies, meat, fresh bread and cheeses .....whatever she could find that day and make dinner with what she brought home. She thought it was so fun and called it a 'treasure hunt' because she never knew what she would find and loved making up new recipes with the fresh ingredients! She did this one day a week - that's it! It was a great way to jump start her family's commitment to eating healthy and supporting their local farmers and growers! It was also a great way to share a family meal and teach her parents how easy it is to eat seasonally and locally!

If you're not sure where the closest farmers market or local farms are to you please visit www.localharvest.org or www.eatwild.com. Or call me at the farm! I'll help you find one or give you directions to us!

1 comment:

Ruth said...

Wow - I'm jealous - here in Northern Wisconsin our farmer's market doesn't open until June (and we certainly won't see tomatoes like your picture until at least August!)
I'll just have to survive until then looking at the green hope that is my oregano, already greening up even though the snow isn't even completely gone yet! ;)

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