On farmer’s markets.

February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Strawberries that taste like home-grown straight from your grandma’s garden strawberries. Green beens that are so meaty you think you’re eating steak. Chickens that are so flavorful and juicy all you need to do to cook them is sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle a little olive oil. This is what food is all about. The question is, where is it?

Every time I come home to my parent’s kitchen, I experience euphoria. I love food; food that is so flavorful you can serve it as simply as possible and feel like you’re eating million-dollar ingredients. And this is the food that is neatly arranged in my parent’s refrigerator: strawberries, grapes, pineapple, artichokes, leeks, pears and the list goes on and on depending on the season and on what is being sold at the local farmer’s markets. My mom is a big believer in buying locally grown food and after growing up eating the delicious bounty she brought home on Sundays and Tuesdays, I am too.

Not only does the food truly taste better, but as many of you know, buying locally grown food is better for the environment. Food transportation uses a tremendous amount of energy, so the less the food has to be transported, the more energy saved. There are other environmental benefits but since I am no expert on planet earth, I’ll leave it at that.

Waking up early and heading over to the farmer’s market is a great way to start a day. Put on a floppy sunhat for the summer months or a warm parka for the winter months and walk through the aisles and stands picking up free samples of blood oranges, strawberries or home grown almonds along the way. Your eyes will feast on the colorful produce and your tummy will thank you for all of the samples.

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