Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Take a Break: Visit a Farmer’s Market and Eat Well

I was fortunate to grow up in a city with a very active Farmer’s Market year round, six days a week. Now that I live in the country, I have to travel a bit, but I can still pick up local produce, cheeses, bread, flowers etc. There is also the option of buying items, such as eggs and meat, from local farmers and of course, this is a wonderful time of year to “pick your own.”

If you don’t know where to go, check out Local Harvest. This website offers a great deal of information including local farms, farmer’s markets, restaurants and more. This site also let’s you know where opportunities exist for local community supported agriculture (CSA). While most likely too late for this year, farmer’s, who are part of a CSA, offer a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

Try some new recipes based on the produce you purchased. Local Harvest’s newsletter includes a number of recipes to try. The New York Times Recipes for Health is another good site. Of course, your local vendors will tell you their favorite recipe.

Bon Appetite !

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