In San Diego we are blessed to have a farmer’s market every day of the week that makes its way to different neighborhoods around the city. I love wandering the vendors, sampling the seasonal produce, and seeing what local businesses have been creating. This is such a fun tradition for friends and family, and it has become one of my favorite parts of my week!
There are so many benefits of buying seasonally and locally :
Fresher produce– eating with the seasons and from growers nearby will minimize the time between when the produce is harvested, and when it reaches your mouth! This will maximize the nutrients you receive from it, and it will also taste a lot better than anything you get off the shelf at a grocery store. Have you ever bit into a fresh juicy peach that tastes like you just picked it off the tree?… you will never turn back!
Sustainability– supporting local farmers helps the economy of your community and also helps reduce the effects of travel time on the environment.
Building Community Connections- I love seeing the same farmers every week, hearing their stories, and sharing a passion for health and nourishment through food. The vibes at the market are always positive, high energy, and full of love!
Cost Effective– shopping seasonally will save you a lot of money, as these fruits and vegetables will be more abundant and therefore cheaper than the foods that are being shipped over from other parts of the world. It is true that at times the farmer’s market can be a bit pricier than grocery stores, but I ‘m a quality over quantity type of girl, and investing in my health is a top priority. You also do not need to purchase everything from the farmer’s market, I tend to make a few trips to other local health stores to get everything I need. These markets are also full of much more than food- you can find clothes, jewelry, beauty products, plants, and so much more!
Diversity- as the seasons change you will be inspired to try new foods, and this will ensure that you are receiving a variety of nutrients and antioxidants. If we ate the same fruits and veggies all year long how boring would that be!? I have grown to appreciate the changing of the seasons and the challenges it brings in the kitchen, as I love to create things from the ingredients that are available.
Unsure of what is currently in season in your city? Use this link!
Should I eat organic?
Although it is more expensive to buy organic produce, the pesticides used in conventional methods can be extremely harmful to our health. Understandably, if you cannot afford to always buy organic, a good option is to buy according to the the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen.” This list contains the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and is re-tested and released each year, along with the “Clean Fifteen.”
Organic or not, there is a wide range of health benefits that come with having a diet high in fruits and vegetables, therefore eat what your budget allows, find what you like, and try to fill your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and veggies!
Need assistance in navigating a local farmer’s market or grocery store?
Entering a health food store or finding your way around a farmer’s market can be a bit overwhelming! I offer tours to simplify shopping, teach you how to read labels, and show you how to choose clean, whole foods that will nourish you from the inside out. It is not about being perfect, but about making better choices and being aware of what you are putting into your body! If you are interested in improving your relationship with food, and want to learn more please feel free to reach out.