Clean Living: Summertime at the Farmers Market
I am a huge supporter of the farmers market. When ever I get a chance to stop by, the variety of local food and crafts never ceases to amaze me. I personally love summer time because I love tomatoes, cooked, crush, raw....and summer time means tomatoes are plentiful. I plan on making a lot of salads with fresh tomatoes because they are so flavorful this time of year.
Walking around the farmers market is good not only for supporting local farmers and artisans, but it is good for your body and mind. Even if it is just 20 minutes spent walking around the booths, the health benefits of walking around are more than enough to encourage you to go check it out. Plus the colors that were displayed on all of the tables were breathtaking. Some of the vendors offer samples of their fruit, so I tasted some amazing peaches, nectarines and pears. In a world that is plagued by health issues, many of which are derived from high sugar diets, seeing little kids smiling with the remnants of bits of fresh fruit stuck to their little faces warms my heart.
Green beans are also in season, so Itook a pound of mixed and matched green beans and cooked them for dinner throughout the week. The grocery store usually only carries the green varietal, and who does not love cooking with all the colors of the rainbow?
What is my favorite part about the farmers market? Seeing the 'ugly' fruits and vegetables. The food you get the grocery store is picked because it is more visually appealing and American have come to expect foods to look a certain way. Not me - give me the funky looking carrot and oddly shaped tomato any day. Food is meant to be as diverse as the people who eat it, not all carrots are supposed to come out looking bright orange and perfectly smooth. Plus, you can use the carrot roots to make some delicious chicken stock, or throw it into your compost bin.
I have to give a shout out to my favorite blog (and inspiration for leading clean-living lifestyle) Greatist. They have an amazing collection of not only recipes, but wonderful articles on finding a mind and body balance. I always carry reusable bags in my purse, and love promoting a brand that has the same ideas as I do. Thank you Greatist!
So go out there and support your local farmers market, it is worth it, I promise.