Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Autumn asks: Are you taking advantage of your local Farmer's Market this summer?
Blackberries. Tomatoes. Yellow squash. Green Beans. Those where my finds this morning.
In our area we don't have much to choose from when it comes to Farmers Markets or fruit and vegetable stands. This has been very disappointing to me. Our only Market is from 7am-1pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Up until today I have only made it in time to see almost everything gone...except the turnips. Not that there is anything wrong with turnips, its just not what I had in mind when I drove all the way to town.
This week I got smart. I have a weekly doctor appointment for nutrition/allergy issues. I now make that appointment for 8am on Tuesday. Today I went to the FM after my appointment and they really do have food! But at 8:30am they were already out of black-eyed peas and some other goodies I would have loved to get my hands on. Next week I will stop before my appointment instead.
With current food prices what they are, take advantage of your locally grown produce - its about the same price! It is not picked green like our supermarket veggies. This means more nutrients! And you are supporting local farmers. And face it, it tastes SO much better than the supermarket food. In our area we don't even have a Wild Oates or Whole Foods so it makes it that much better. Set the clock and get up and go!!
On that note...if any of you have great fresh veggie recipes (that don't add dairy or boxed foods or sugars of any kind) please pass them on. I can only eat meat and veggies right now and I could use some new recipes to change things up a bit!