Remember when I went on my rant against the phrase clean eating? Well another phrase I hear often is shopping local / eat local / etc. But this one is a phrase that I actually love! I am a big fan of supporting local businesses and that extends to my food choices. I’m lucky enough to have a great farmer’s market that is in operation April – December just a few blocks from our home. I love my Saturday morning routine: wake up and get my run in, head home and pick up Sasha and we walk over and explore the farmer’s market. I think that shopping local is one of the best things you can do to live a healthy lifestyle and really support your community.
Three ways shopping local benefits you:
- Shopping local helps connect you with your community. The farmer’s market is a meeting place and each week, Sasha and I (K is usually out playing basketball or working) enjoy seeing our neighbors and friends as we all oogle the delicious produce with our coffees in hand.
- Shopping local provides your family with delicious and fresh food…and you know exactly where it came from. I love knowing that the produce I’m buying was picked either that morning or the evening before. You just can’t get the same quality of freshness at the grocery store and honestly, after eating food that is fresh from the farm, it’s hard to go back to store bought.
- Shopping local at the farmer’s market allows you to learn more about growing seasons and to appreciate the hard work of farmers. I love talking with the farmers who come each week and hearing about how their crops did over the winter and what they are seeing. I’m learning more about what’s in season when (for example, I know now that strawberries have a pretty short season and if I actually want to get them at their peak, I need to pay special attention to farms over the next couple of weeks). I’ve also decided that I’m going to stock up on my favorite fresh berries and freeze some for this upcoming fall / winter when they are not in season.
As you can tell, I’m a big believer in shopping local and love exploring farmer’s markets in my area. I also love going out to farms during the summer / fall and picking my own produce. Look for a post recounting my berry picking adventures later this summer!
Do you have a farmer’s market in your area? Do you frequent it?