Some wake-up call bits of information I've learned:
*organic fruits to buy vs. fruits to not worry about buying organic
*specific reasons on why to buy grass-fed beef (wow! cows with stomach ulcers, intestinal issues, etc. for being fed only grain, corn, and animal buy-products....no thank you. I won't support farmers that do that and I won't allow my family to eat that.)
*poultry with higher fat content than actual protein due to not being free-range and not being exposed to enough sunlight (yes, this is your typical chicken you purchase at the grocery store)
Back to the farmer's market. We live in a wonderful small town. Some people would call this the boonies.....that's fine by me. However, with the crazy growth in this town lately...I'm thinking quite a few people have ventured out to the boondocks to settle down. This little town booms. And it especially booms on the weekends. Last summer Justin and I started going to the local farmer's market that is off of our main street, nestled under the huge trees on our courthouse lawn. I thought it was neat then. The food looked yummy. We enjoyed the atmosphere. However, this summer...I'm going in with a whole new attitude! Purchasing food here not only helps our these wonderful local farmers....but it also helps out the one body that God so graciously supplied us with here on this earth.
This Saturday morning we met our dear friends, Chad and Cheri, at our local farmer's market. What a fun way to spend a Saturday morning! Beyond the fun found in these pictures below...I also loved watching young kiddos flock to the sample table where the local farmers were cutting huge chunks of fruits and veggies for sampling. (Oh my...so good, I might add!) I loved seeing these little sweeties running to eat things so good for them. It just shows that if it's available and they're exposed.....they'll try it!
baskets of yummies
My plan is to buy all our veggies and fruits from the farmer's market this summer....beyond things we don't have in our own garden (we were slow going with our garden this year). We even purchased some free-range brown eggs. You can even buy fresh poulty frozen and ready to cook with! Can't wait to try that!
love the vibrant colors...just screams "healthy"
(If you're wondering about trying this out and how it can fit in the grocery budget...all of this cost us $17 [all organic...and the chicken is free-range]....just a few dollars more than what it would cost at the grocery story...not organic. We felt like it was definitely worth it for the quality of the products and knowing exactly where and how these were grown. I love knowing our money is going to the "little people".)
Oh how summer is so full of fun things like fresh fruits and veggies and Saturday morning trips to the local farmer's market. \
Thank you Lord for the sweet gift of summer.