National Farmers' Market Week Kicks Off

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Farmer's MarketIf you have ever stood in the sunshine nibbling warm, sweet snap peas directly from a farmer’s market box, if you have ever sampled a perfectly garnet strawberry and had a gush of fragrant berry juice trickle down your chin, you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say that one powerful food experience can shift your entire relationship to food.

This Sunday kicks off National Farmer's Market Week, a time to showcase the growing resiliency of local food systems across the country-and to celebrate some the most important foods that can lead us to new paths of health and healing-namely, fruits and vegetables.

“Of all the food systems innovation in the last 20 years”, says Richard McCarthy of Slow Food USA, "the resurgence of farmers markets may represent the best DIY expression of community involvement and reinvention.”

Farmers Markets offer us connections we crave, such as local food, sensuous eating pleasure and vibrant regional economies. And most importantly, they help us put a face to our food-something rather rare in today's global food economy.

Here’s how you can get involved:
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  1. Visit your local farmers market. Summer is the most glorious time to eat produce at its peak ripeness, teeming with good-for-you nutrients in their fullest expression-nature’s whole package. The best part? When food is at it’s peak, very little needs to be done to it-Much of it can be eaten delicious RAW-fresh salads and fruit...saving you the time and energy of cooking.
  2. Host a GROW dinner. This new project from Oxfam is “the brand new way to feed your family in the 21st century”. It’s 5 Simple Steps offers a roadmap: cooking and buying food efficiently, reducing food waste, buying what’s in season and produced locally, reducing meat consumption (and adding more plants) and buying products that benefits small scale producers. With gorgeous seasonal recipes and easy videos to get you started.
  3. Get growing with your children. Check out my recent Earth’s Best article  to discover the latest research on how to help your children cultivate a fresh, lasting connection to food by growing something themselves. And it’s based in something every child loves-dirt.

How often do you enjoy farmer's markets in the summer? I'd love to hear about your experiences...

See you at the market!