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3.14.08 Farmers Markets...from Daily OM

Friday, March 14, 2008

Spring must almost be here! ! ! ! From the Daily Om today. If anyone is interested, check out the website! http://www.dailyom.com/ They have daily inspirations and some days they really hit home or provide a message I really need to hear.

Today's message aligns with eating healthy by supporting local farmers and getting the freshest of the fresh! If you have organic farms close by it's an added plus. Definitely one of the benefits of living in southern NJ!

Have Fun And Save The Planet
Think Globally, Eat Locally
We all know that our planet needs our help right now, but we often feel unsure about what to do, where to make an effort, and what will really help. The good news is that we can heal the planet on a daily basis simply by buying and eating food that is grown locally. Food that has been transported long distances doesnít contain much life force by the time it gets to your kitchen. Making a commitment to shop, buy, and eat locally is not only a very important part of creating positive change, it can also be delicious fun.

One of the best places to begin the adventure of eating locally is a farmerís market. Stalls brim with fresh fruits and vegetables grown on nearby farms. Not only is this good for the environment, itís good for the farmers since they benefit from selling directly to the consumer. The consumer benefits, too, from the intimate experience of buying food from the hand of the person who grew it. In addition, the food is fresher and more diverse. In supermarkets, particular varieties of fruits and vegetables are favored due to their ability to survive transport to a far destination. Alternately, at a farmerís market, you will find versions of the fruits and vegetables you know that will surprise and delight your sensesógreen striped heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, white carrots, and edible flowers, just to name a few.

Make an effort to buy as much of your food as possible directly from local farmers. You will become one of a growing number of people eating delicious food to save the planet and having fun doing it.

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