It’s too early in the season for my favorite farm grown tomatoes, but yesterday’s vendors showed off plenty of fresh salad greens, asparagus, kale, bean sprouts and other seasonal crops for urban workers to choose from along with colorful fresh cut flowers and cookies and breads.
I could feel the beginnings of summer as I walked from my office to the farmer’s market: warm sun, the smell of freshly cut grass and tossed mulch and a general feeling of relief in the air that winter is finally behind us, not to be seen for many months.
I love going to the farmer’s market because I feel I’m rewarding my body and my inner chickness by eating foods grown from local farms. I still buy from grocery stores but it’s not the same since some of its produce could have been irradiated or waxed in transit.It can be a little bit more expensive so I don’t buy a whole week’s worth of produce but what I do buy is tasty and real.
Most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of the farmers try to grow the most nutritious produce possible by building their soil’s fertility without the use of pesticides. The fruits and veggies harvested from their soil nourishes those who eat the farm’s home grown products, namely me.
Veggies are the name of the game and I am always trying to incorporate more of them into my diet or trying to find a new way to cook the veggies I already find delicious. Eating raw and organic fresh food brings my body the nutrients it needs to fight stress (ugh!) and aging (hate that!). Today’s mantra is: the more I take care of my body the less I have to worry about getting sick or lying in a hospital.
Caring for your body and its good health is not being selfish; it is responsible and smart.
Farmer’s markets are beginning to open everywhere, so please check out the following produce lists. The “Clean Fifteen” list put together by the Environmental Working Group is food grown with the least amount of pesticides, ranked from best to not-great:
3. Sweet corn
7. Sweet peas
15. Sweet potato
The “Dirty Dozen” list, also compiled by the Environmental Working Group, is foods grown with the most pesticides, ranked from worst to less bad:
3. Bell Pepper
10. Grapes (imported)
For more information about the lists, log on to EWG’s web site at foodnews.org or ewg.org