HealthFood Friday – Support Your Local Farmers

Happy Friday luvs,

This morning I woke up early and headed out to my local Farmers Market.

I bought some organic beets, spinach, nectarines, peaches, plums, oranges, dried apricots and also some mung and radish sprouts to add to my salads.

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I will be doing a post about sprouts soon and all the amazing health benefits you get from them.

And of course I couldn’t leave without buying some beautiful sunflowers…they look amazing on my altar.

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I love going to farmers markets, not only because I’m supporting my local farmers but also I love the energy and sense of community you get when you’re there. The kids running around doing school projects and interviewing the farmers, seeing them eat healthy and being happy puts a smile on my face for our  future generations.

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When you buy organic, you help keep the earth’s air and water free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers. You help support small entrepreneurial farmers who are committed to building the living soils of their farm. You help make the commitment to renewal that sustains the earth’s  ability to nurture life. WE make a conscious choice to eat well and to treat the earth well.

By supporting local organic farmers you can:

  • reduce the use of fossil fuels
  • get to know your local growers
  • enhance local food systems
  • build strong local economies
  • enjoy fresh, healthy food

 

Join a CSA

Get your food in a box on a weekly basis from local farmers.  You usually get an assortment of veggies, fruit, eggs, dairy, and bread that are constantly changing with the seasons. Plus you get to meet the growers and other people in your community.

            Find a CSA near you.

View more listings of CSA’s throughout the U.S.     

Consider sponsoring someone who can’t afford it to receive CSA harvests. Is there a link for this or should it say “Ask your local CSA provider how they can make this happen”

 

Shop at Your Local Farmers Market

Farmers markets often sell food from small, local, organic farms and are fun, lively events. Find a farmers market near you.

Buy Local and Organic as Much as Possible

Some grocery stores sell produce from local farmers, however, because it’s often cheaper and easier to go through big distributors who are subsidized by the government, our food is often shipped from hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles away even when the same products are being grown right down the road.  To show your support for local farms, buy local and organic as much as possible and voice your concern to managers at stores when options are limited.

Get the Center for Food Safety’s Non-GMO Shopping guide. You can download a hard-copy of the guide on their website or get the Free Mobile App.