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4/16/13 1:40 P

This is so true. I love local produce, and the stuff in the winter is just lame. Not far down the street from where I live is an older couple with a huge greenhouse, and a huge garden. They set up a little table shortly into the summer and sell what they grow at what I find to be amazing prices compared to stores. I'm growing to grow our salad this summer, too.

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4/16/13 1:07 P

I've definitely noticed a huge change especially with moving from PA to Florida! I didn't gain my "winter weight" like normal because I didn't "need" the heavy comfort food during freezing days. Some soup would do just fine for the chilly days here.

Frozen fruit is for sure my go-to on super hot days. Healthy, delicious, and sweet enough to satisfy any cravings :)

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4/16/13 1:04 P

Same for me too. My grocery store is good about carrying produce from local farmers (like greens that are grown right by my house local), and the farmers markets are great too. Also, I don't want big heavy meals when it's hot, like I do when it's cold. I also love love love to grill and barbecue, which are lighter cooking methods to begin with for the most part, especially grilling. I'll grill just about anything in the summer.

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4/16/13 12:14 P

LOL - good way to phrase it.

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4/16/13 12:05 P

Definitely the case for me. I try not to be vegetables out of season, so by the time summer rolls along, I am sick to death of kale, root vegetables, broccoli, etc. It's so exciting to get things that you know are farm fresh, not chemically ripened or anything like that. Things that will last in the fridge because they were very recently harvested instead of trucked across the country. I love it.

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4/16/13 11:37 A

Yeah, I'll generally try anything once as long as it isn't innards :P.

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4/16/13 11:13 A

I don't necessarily eat healthier because of the farmer's markets, but because of the weather. It's so hot here, sometimes, that all I want is a freezing cold fruit salad with some chicken. Easy to make without heating up the house and not heavy to make me feel uncomfortable.

I may have to try getting to more farmer's markets this year. I am just such a picky eater that there isn't much there I like - lol

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4/16/13 10:19 A

So this is a trend I've noticed with myself: when farmers markets are open, I tend to eat much healthier. I guess I like the idea of buying fruit/veggies more from the people who actually grew them (and when stuff is in season) than from a store where the stuff is all hydroponic and possibly full of pesticides. Anybody else notice this?

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