I am very excited about this post because I have this LOVE of farmer’s markets in general. But I am even more excited because I am fortunate to be a vendor this year at this market. Yes it is an early morning set up but it’s worth it. I feel so inspired by all the famers and vendors who take pride in their products. There is such a great vibe and feeling when walking around looking at the magnificent foods and products.
I always tell my patients to shop local. I can’t emphasize this enough. Not only does it reduce your carbon foot print and support local business but it does even more for your health. When you buy from a local farmer you are able to talk to them directly about their farming practices. The biggest reason for me to recommend buying from these farms is minerals.
Today’s big agriculture business is in dire need of a revamp. The U.S. is one of the most overfed and undernourished countries in the world and part of this is because of our large farming practices. Of course more of the problem is processed foods but hear me out. Say you are the perfect patient, you exercise, sleep well, drink plenty of water and buy all your foods organically from let’s say, Whole Foods. You have lowered your pesticide burden of course but have you considered trace minerals?
Trace minerals are very important to help thousands of enzymatic reactions in the body. What we don’t see when we pay $2.00 for an organic cucumber is that the large corporate grocery stores have made deals with these organic farmers to producer 1 or 2 crops. This means they can no longer practice crop rotation and have to supplement (fertilize) the crops with fertilizers that don’t typically include trace minerals. The smaller farmers here on our own county have more products per farm and there for able to practice age old farming practices that enrich the soil and help you resolve deficiencies by eating your way to better health!
So take the time and get out on Wednesday or Saturday mornings from 8am-12pm beginning April 15th and say hi! We would love to see you.