With obesity on the rise, cooking skills becoming a lost art for families, and junk food and processed food available in every corner store, there is no better place to make your own food U-turn than the place with the freshest, most local food you can buy: the farmers’ market.
My first experience with a farmers’ market was in Upstate New York. The Rochester market offered a weekly cornucopia during the growing season. One of the apple growers introduced me to Cox’s Orange Pippin apples, and my apple-munching life changed forever. No more standard, supermarket apples for me, not after the crunchy tartness of a pippin. They were so popular we had to order them a year in advance.
I’ve been a farmers’ market enthusiast ever since, in every community I’ve called home. I’ve moved a lot, and one of the first things I do in a new town is find the market and get to know the farmers there. I am never disappointed.
A Saturday in May is ideal, and what a way to let friends know about the Food Revolution. Load the family in the car — better yet, onto bicycles — and fill your shopping baskets with spring greens, asparagus, artisan breads, local cheese and whatever else your local market has to offer. Invite friends for dinner and serve them gourmet fare made with fresh, healthy ingredients.
Tomorrow: 5 Reasons to Support Your Farmers’ Market
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