My basket was filled with magic from the Earth. The deep orange beats glowed with an outer space like quality. The dark, purple-green, nutrient-packed kale waited to be massaged with fresh lemon juice and then tossed with avocado and parmesan cheese for the best raw salad in my repertoire. The succulent sweet peas and the sweet red smell of the strawberries had my tongue tingling at the first thought of their juices.
Spring at our local farmers market is my favorite season. Walking among the dogs and children of all sizes and choosing from so much abundantly beautiful, sustainably-raised food is such a gift. Why do middle-class-or-better folks shop at the grocery store on a Saturday morning during growing season, instead of at their local market? It’s a never-ending quandary for me. Of course their first explanation is usually, oh, I can’t afford that. Yet folks who eat mostly-processed foods and GMO produce from the grocery store, are typically spending considerably more in a average week on vitamins, pharmaceuticals, and doctors, than my Saturday shopping spree at the farmers market. At 52 years young, I believe the beautiful food I eat is the primary reason I’ve worn the same pants size and haven’t had need of a doctor or a traditional drug for over 13 years now. Essential oils and a husband who’s had a healing-gift since childhood, support my health as well… but they’ve only been in the picture for three years.
The dark green of the kale, bright orange carrot, and little white squares of fennel wake up my eyes as the fork brings the mosaic of the stirfry to my lips. The sensual experience of eating fresh, whole foods is what motivates me the most. The radiant health is a fortunate side effect.
You can visit the Cobblestone Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:00 – noon at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC. For directions for more information go here.