The following article is being reproduced with permission of it's author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.
A list of local farmer's markets can be found here: 5 Snohomish County Farmers Markets to visit in 2015.
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child
School is winding down, summer is starting, and living is easy. For me, this signals the beginning of the Farmers Market season. We are so lucky in Seattle that nearly every neighborhood has a market and most days of the week you can find incredible local harvest waiting for you.
Ayurveda is India’s ancient tradition of healing, known as the “science of life” and is a complete system of creating balance in mind, body and spirit. According to Ayurveda creating balance relies on connecting to nature’s rhythm. Eating seasonally is a great way to celebrate the rich flavors, colors and tastes of the summer and tune into the natural cycle of local environment. Choosing what’s for dinner doesn't have to be difficult. Foods that are ripe during summer are the exact foods we need to stay balanced, nourished and energized. Eating berries, cucumber, watermelon, and light crisp veggies help us to stay cool and hydrated during the summer season. Building a lifestyle around seasonal food facilitates the body’s natural ability to stay well and perfectly balanced.
Here are a few reasons to hit the farmers’ market, eat locally and with the season this summer. I hope this inspires you to go out and visit your nearest farmers market or maybe even start growing some food of your own.
Farmer’s markets offer the freshest food around. When you visit a farmers’ market the fruits and veggies have been picked at their optimal ripeness and are bursting with flavor!
Seasonally fresh produce is picked when they’re ripe and fully developed. The plant has had the maximum exposure to the sun and nutrient rich soil, which means the higher levels of nutrients are passed on to you.
Getting to know where your food is coming from, who is growing your food and how they do it also makes you feel more connected to that whole process. CSA’s and farmers' markets create communities around food that encourage us to share our knowledge, ask questions and engage in our own local environment.
Shopping at farmers’ markets and eating locally saves on packaging waste and energy required to ship food around the globe. In addition, food grown and harvested in the proper season and natural environment need less pesticides, waxes, chemicals and preservatives. By choosing local and seasonal food, you are more likely to get a cleaner product and the Earth gets less exposure to harmful chemicals.
By shopping at farmers’ markets you are investing in the local economy. For every dollar you spend buying fruits and vegetables, twice as much income is generated and reinvested back into the community. Prices vary by product, but a number of studies have found that similar produce are typically less expensive at farmers’ markets than at nearby grocery stores.
Supporting local farmers links you directly to the people who grow the foods you eat and connects you to the rhythm of the changing seasons, offering you the opportunity to experience the exceptional flavors and unusual variety of locally grown produce.
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