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Summer Series: Farmers Market Guide

IMG_3231*Warning: Beautiful pictures to follow. May cause an urge to be out in the Summer sun all day with a green juice.*

I did my first official run to the farmers market about a week ago.  For myself, that means a beautiful day required.  I need to take my time and enjoy what I love to do best.  SHOP FOR FOOD.  I scope the premise and options.  Then I start picking what I like, grab a little snack, and I am on my way.  Simple.

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If you are finally entering a warmer climate for the Spring Season, the markets I believe are finally here and with a lot to choose from.  Now is the perfect time to get the most out of them.  It’s not just about organic and locality, it’s really about getting in tune with yourself and community.  I say yourself, because what the Earth provides you with is what would be most beneficial for you.  You support your health and your community as well.  Knowing where and who is putting the food on your table is rewarding for both sides.

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Where I’m at it’s a late Spring haul.  This is the time for much more seasonal variety.  What we are still loving:

  • Greens – Kale, lettuces, spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Radishes
  • Asparagus

Then we have some new additions:

  • Strawberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Zucchini
  • Spring onions galore! IMG_3185

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With this produce, you are easily good to buy for the week.  And you definitely do not want to skip the herbs.  So many to choose from!  They have both in bulk and then in the pots, which is very accessible and practical for those that want to buy their own to plant.

My personal favorites to always have on hand:

  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Cilantro

 

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And for my meat-eaters and cheese-lovas, we got you covered.  Most of the meat you see in farmers markets are hormone-free, free-range and pastured raised.  Since not operated by big corporations, you can be assured that animals were raised and killed in humane ways.  You are ALWAYS welcomed to ask questions to the farmers who raise the animals or obtain the meat.  They are usually very pleasant and informative about those things.

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Don’t forget to try out local vendors!  Seriously amazing foods.  Usually made with seasonal ingredients, they are a great way to try something new and get ideas for yourself.

I have a few ideas of my own and have already started!  Can’t wait to share with you all very soon!

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*Pictures from Summit Farmers Market, New Jersey.  Look up your local market here!

 

Come Join Me in a Spring Detox Info Session!

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The title says it all guys!

What have you heard about detoxes? I know when I first started hearing about main stream detoxes, the water with lemon, cayenne, and syrup one (was that even the ingredients?), was the thing to do.  Back then, I used to laugh at such an idea.  It may have worked for some, but never I!  Oh, have times changed.

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There are so many different detoxes out there, sometimes even I’m skeptical about what really works.  The thing is most of them do.  It’s just finding what is right for you and what you think you may actually enjoy.  Yes, cleansing is supposed to be enjoyable!  A spring detox should leave you feeling light, clean, fresh, and rejuvenated!  It’s spring after all!

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If you are looking for a way to jump start your healthy and fit lifestyle, there is really no better time than with the change of season, specifically towards spring.  With the days longer and nature blooming, your energy and need to shed away those winter blues (and insulation) is here. Now is the time, because I will remind you, summer is around the corner.  And if your anything like me, or just human, all the hibernation, plus extra winter hardy food and fats, are still hanging on tight to your organs/hips.  Cleansing is an amazing experience and if you are interested in knowing a little bit more about one, please don’t hesitate!

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SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014:  If you are in the Central/North New Jersey area, join me as we chat about spring cleansing and hopefully I’ll get to answer some questions you may have.  For the time and place please visit the Events Web Page.  You may RSVP there as well.

Don’t live around the area?  Can’t make it?  Let me know and I can send you some helpful information you may have missed!  Contact me here or email me!  Information is on my Holistic Practice Page.

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