Yay, Yay, it’s Farmer’s Market Day! The one downtown on Wednesdays from 3 to dusk, that is. There is also the Thursday one at the hospital and the downtown on one Saturday.
I’m working on developing relationships with the farmers to see what I can get in bulk, and of course, because it’s just healthy and fun to know the people whose love has grown your food. It’s great seeing Azita run up to the farmers she knows to talk while I shop.
I’ve formed relationships with many of them anyway, just from going to the market for our third summer now, since Ada was just a little bean inside my tummy.
And I’ve got the usual reasons for wanting to support the local farmers… it’s the right thing to do, it’s healthier when it’s fresher, it’s cheaper, much is organic, better for the environment b/c it isn’t shipped, yada yada yada.
But I’m wanting to get all old school and preserve things for the winter by freezing and canning. (Yes, dad, ‘who knew I’d be the domestic one?’, go ahead and make the joke again).
For me it’s important for me and Ada’s health. Produce in grocery stores often have wax on them, wax made with wheat. So that is one source of teeny tiny amounts of gluten/wheat in our diets that I want to avoid. Another is money, but that is tied to our health. Ada thrives on grassfed lamb, which I have tried to get local but can’t find (one guy sells all his lamb to whole foods and said I can buy it there!).
Lamb is not the cheapest protien source. Other than that we do raw seeds and nuts… again, not the cheapest protien source. I’m balancing out our protien consumption by keeping us full with lots of affordable local vegetables and greens.
But I’m wanting to work with some farmers, get lots of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and et cetera, which freeze or can be turned into sauces and frozen, and are often the waxed veggies, and some good prices. I plan on telling them that I don’t mind buying their overripe or not-as-pretty stuff as a start.
Only one of our FM vendors uses chemicals and I think it’s just
fertilizer. We only buy from him for a couple speciality items we
can’t get anyplace else (or that WF sells nonorganic and more
Some items you can get away without getting organic (see the clean 16
and dirty dozen lists) and others you really shouldn’t. Potatoes are
one I’d never get nonorganic.
I would rather buy from someone who sprays once early in the season
than all season long. No one “has” to use pesticides, that’s a total
myth (though if you don’t set up things properly it may feel like you
do). But I go out of my way to buy organic when possible. I don’t
care about certification. If I meet the farmer and trust them and
they don’t use anything, that’s good enough for me. I do insist on
certification in stores where I don’t know the farmers.
Talk to the farmers and encourage them to have spray-free produce.
Make sure your local friends ask too.
Because of being chemically sensitive, I *can* tell the difference
between organic and nonorganic produce. In some cases it’s obvious
from a couple of bites. In others it’s more cumalative. A friend of
mine came up with the slogan: Organic food is our medicine. And it’s
I do care about organic for the health of the planet, the communities
where it’s from, and the workers who make it. But I buy it for my
own personal health. Not just longterm, but my immediate health.
Organic produce usually has more nutrients than conventual too
(because conventual methods are designed to make the plants grow fast
and big and that means more water, less content).