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Farmer’s Market – Fresh and Healthy

“Over the last decade, the number of farmers’ markets in the United States has grown from 1,755 to over 3,700, while community-supported agriculture projects, “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” campaigns, and community kitchens have also proliferated.” (Food to Stay)

Farmers’ markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers. From the traditional “mercados” in the Peruvian Andes to the unique street markets in Asia, growers all over the world gather weekly to sell their produce directly to the public. In the last decade they have become a favorite marketing method for many farmers throughout the United States, and a weekly ritual for many shoppers.

Some farmers’ markets have live entertainment.  Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to meet local friends, local farmers and get fresh, flavorful produce and meats.   Many also carry local hand crafted items including soaps, knit items from local wool, art, canned foods and much more.

The impact of buying local grown produce and foods is a wave that local farms can ride with success.

Buying direct takes out the middle men (not just one but several) – why should your food start in your community ride the asphalt to the major shipping hub get sorted and redistributed and ride the asphalt back to your store shelves?

Farms are becoming a thing of the past; in the larger picture food is shipped from all over the world to feed a country rich in resources and abundance and our debt rises as do the losses.  In a more localized picture when that food leaves the area (and receives it back in via a fourth or fifth party) it is sold in BULK at a HUGE discount.  When it remains it is sold closer to market value or at market value – income that stays in the community.  Income the farmer can use to be solvent rater than dependent on corporate and government funding.   From – Food to Stay regarding the Arizona area surrounding the Grand Canyon – – “As county ranchers and farmers struggle with losses, county consumers spend $215 million a year buying food from the outside. As Ken has summarized, this is a total loss to the region of $231 million of potential wealth each year. This loss amounts to 14 times the value of all food commodities raised in the county—a giant sucking sound that drains both wealth and well-being from our communities.”    (Food to Stay)

The advantages – smaller distance traveled food, fresher, vine ripened and local business are all great reasons to share in the bounty that is a Farmer’s Market.

Money spent locally stays in the community rather than draining off to corporate headquarters.  That’s an impact local communities feel.

What’s Fresh
     

  • Pears
  • Winter Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Beets
  • Turnips
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
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  • …and much more!

Top off your Farmer’s Market Visit with a fresh smoothie!

Via Incredible Smoothie

Orange Pear Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 pear, cored
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce (not Romaine or Iceburg)
  • 5 sprigs of fresh dill
  • 6 ounces of water
  • Add all the ingredients except for the greens to your blender and hit the “pulse” button a few times. Next, add the greens and blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

    Nutrition Information

    Calories: 212
    Fat: 1.4 gram
    Protein: 6.8 grams
    Carbohydrates: 51.1 grams
    Calcium: 19% Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)
    Iron: 20% RDA
    Vitamin A: 540% RDA
    Vitamin C: 236% RDA

    Green leaf lettuce in this recipe is also an excellent source of vitamin K (781% RDA), thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese. Vitamin E, copper, zinc, sodium and selenium are also present.

     

     

     

     

    Boost your day the natural way!

    Smoothie Essentials and MatchaGT – Ask for them by name at your local cafe, coffee or juice bar.

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About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

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  1. Can you purchase MatchaGT Premium mix powder at a Farmers market?

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