Man, it’s hot out there! Too hot. I knew it was going to be a very tough task to take the subway from Harlem down and across to Union Square for the farmers market, but I took my man-pill and did it. And, boy, did it pay off.
The farmers market was so boss today. There was an abundance of everything, and I didn’t even get there early for the morning rush. It should have been leftovers-town by the time I made it there, but there was still SO much to choose from. It blew my mind.
Why go to the farmers market? Isn’t it a bunch of farming hippies who will try to make you read Kerouac and sing Hare Krishna? (Actually, there are hippies that dance around and sing Hare Krishna, but they’re off to the side.) I digress!
Ten Reasons to Shop at your local Farmers Market:
- The food tastes like food is supposed to taste. Ever wonder what a tomato is really supposed to taste like? You ain’t really had one if you’re only getting them from PathMart.
- Seasonal food selection is how we’re supposed to eat. It’s how nature naturally puts it out in your local region. Looking forward to asparagus in the spring and sweet corn in the summer keeps things special.
- Supporting your local community is the ethical thing to do. You’re going to spend money on food. Might as well give it to the good guys.
- It’s environmentally beneficial. Buying produce that have been hauled 1,500 miles in a truck gives you a rather large carbon footprint. Extra packaging is wasteful.
- Stop poisoning your body. Food in most grocery stores are packed with hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. That stuff has been scientifically proven to give us cancer, and they don’t even have to tell you about it on the label. Yikes!
- Get down with some variety! These guys grow crazy stuff that you’ve probably never even seen before. Red carrots, insane heirloom tomatoes, stinging nettles, watermelon radishes… spice up yo kitchen!
- It’s nicer to animals. Farmers markets will have places that humanely treat the chickens, goats, ostriches, and cows that produce their product. Don’t be that person who just buys “normal” eggs and doesn’t take personal responsibility for funding an industry that tortures millions of chickens. Literally, tortures them. You just can’t be apathetic about this stuff.
- You get to know where your food came from. It’s rather nice looking the guy who grew your zucchinis in the eye.
- Learn from people who know a lot about food. Ask questions and get tips on recipes. No better place to do it, in my opinion.
- Yay, community! Be a part of something. It’s much better to stroll outdoors and talk to people rather than push a metal cart under artificial lights.
Now, look. If I could get everything from the farmers market, I would. Sometimes, I need avocados when they aren’t in season in my region. So I always go to the farmers market first, get what I can, then I’ll stop by a supermarket that has healthy and organic options. (I like Fairway and Whole Foods.) If we all do what we can, it’s something, right?
Bottom line: Find your local farmers market and get out there. Get to meet the people who are passionate about growing stuff that will actually nourish you rather than support corporations that pump chemicals into plants to make them last longer on a shelf.
Some pictures from this afternoon:
The stand that I’m in love with the most is the specialty salad stand. The farm is Windfall Farms, and it is one of the more expensive places represented. I get sprouts and a few different types of expensive greens that I’ll use all week long to mix into cheaper lettuce I buy from another stand. It’s so worth it. Eating REAL fresh lettuce and greens has been one of the more enjoyable things I’ve experienced with changing my lifestyle. I don’t even want to order salads from restaurants now because I know what salad greens should REALLY taste like.
Do you know where YOUR food comes from? Leave a comment!