Friday, August 5

{Local and Seasonal}


 A rich color of burgundy caught my eye right as I entered the market. Shiny and perfectly plump, I couldn’t help but sample one.  A sweet flavor filled my mouth and warm summer memories flooded my thoughts.  Yes, it’s really that wonderful time again, cherry season!

Many of you may have noticed a new "trend", signs for local and seasonal foods.  Well, it’s more than a trend, it’s a very healthy approach to life.  Here’s a bit about this wonderful movement:

Why eat seasonal? Well, a simple answer could be, it’s cost effective! It also means the produce will be ripe and at its sweetest and most flavorful point.  How do I know what is in season? A wise woman once told me, the best way to tell what produce is at its peak season is by seeing what’s on sale at your local market.  Farmers and markets typically have more than they know what to do with, so the produce is sold for fabulous bargains and you can eat it right away, enjoying the rich flavors!  A pretty nice little situation if you ask me. 


Why eat local? I believe in supporting the individuals that work hard to produce whole, nutritious and fresh foods.  It has become a lost art as norm of our culture is mass production.  The men and women that fight against the grain to provide quality food for their community should be supported and encouraged.  Thankfully, many markets have picked up on the grassroots movement towards local and seasonal foods.  Whether it’s supply and demand or profit-based, I am grateful for the turn our culture is taking.  We need to reevaluate what we are putting into our bodies and remember the age-old saying, “you are what you eat”.

So head on down to our local farmers market or health food store to find other delicious seasonal produce! Enjoy!

1 comments:

Carol said...

Yup! Couldn't agree more..support local, eat fresh!

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