Spring Time and the Farmers Markets

     I’ve been waiting for this moment like a child anticipating Christmas morning: the opening of the new season at the farmers markets. And with this eager anticipation, I’ve set a personal goal. This year I intend to purchase only local, seasonal produce (except for those near-and-dear necessities for me, such as grapefruit and avocados).      With the opening of the markets this month, I’m looking forward to returning to some of my favorite markets (Rosedale, Shawnee, BadSeed, Merriam), as well as trying new ones each week (Brookside, Westport, City Market, Lawrence and Overland Park). It’s always fun meeting different farmers and sampling their produce—and determining who, for me, has the best of each item.

     The healthiest indigenous peoples create their diets around local, seasonal foods, versus the processed, factory foods Americans consume. Rather than taking an otherwise healthy cuisine, like Asian, Italian or Mexican, and Americanizing it, I plan to create my own local, organic feast.

     A great book I recommend on eating locally is The Jungle Effect: A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest   Diets from Around the World—Why They Work and How to Bring Them Home by Daphne Miller.

     Happy Spring to all—and I’ll see you at the markets!

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