It’s Better to Buy Local Food !, Buy Fresh Buy Local Week in Philadelphia (July 12- 20th)

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“You are what you eat” is more than just a familiar saying – it’s another way we can all strive to be totally zen. Being mindful of what we eat nourishes our bodies and connects us with the earth.

In our busy lives, we often don’t have time to cook or be thoughtful about what we’re eating. Sometimes we need to be reminded that you don’t have to cook for hours to enjoy a healthy and delicious meal. Even the simplest foods like blanched vegetables and steamed fish with lemon and pepper can be extremely satisfying. Open yourself up to the possibilities in simplicity.

Another way to make your diet totally zen is to buy local and seasonal foods. By eating these we become more aware of the seasons and cycles of life and learn to appreciate the finite moments for each vegetable and fruit. Eating local and seasonal is not only great for you, it has echoing effects like supporting family farms, protecting open space, reducing emissions spent on transporting food long distances, and building your community.

The farmers’ market is one of my favorite places to shop and browse because it’s so full of possibilities. There’s something about meeting the person who grows your vegetables that solidifies a connection with the land and makes cooking an experience rather than a chore. The vegetables are always more tasty and fresh than at a supermarket too.

Farmers’ markets are also great for opening up creativity in the kitchen. Try buying something you haven’t tried before like mustard greens or lima beans, and then ask the farmer for suggestions or look up a recipe when you get home. The only thing that trumps shopping at a farmers market is growing vegetables in your own garden. Nothing is more satisfying!

Buy Fresh Buy Local Week in Philadelphia is this July 12th to July 20th with plenty of events: from farm tours, to medicinal plant walks, to cooking demonstrations, to samples of local beer and ice cream. There’s no better introduction to local food – check it out! For more info visit the Farm to Philly Blog.

Some of my favorite places to buy local food are:                              

Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal Market
12th and Arch Sts
Tuesday – Saturday 8am – 6pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm

Jefferson Farmers’ Market
10th and Chestnut Sts
Thursdays 12pm – 5:30pm

Headhouse Farmers’ Market
2nd and Lombard Sts
Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 2pm

Some of the local foods available in July are:                                                          

Beans
Beets
Blueberries
Cucumbers
Corn
Eggplants
Peppers
Sweet Potatoes
Yellow squash
Zucchini
Lettuces
Herbs
Radishes

Later in the month look for:

Tomatoes
Peaches
Watermelons
Cantaloupe
Potatoes

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