Saturday, March 12, 2011

Loving the Guelph Farmer's Market

A posting of gratitude for my favourite place to buy fresh whole foods, the Guelph Farmer's Market. Farmer's Markets are a fantastic source of locally grown produce, often direct from the growers; healthy prepared foods; local crafts; and a place of community. The Guelph Farmer's Market is back in its original home with new-and-improved-roof, and seasonal green things are once again available in abundance!

What might a naturopath pick up at a Farmer's Market, you ask?  Here are my week's pickings:

  • organic dandelion leaves (!!!) - perfect green diuretic addition to a cleansing smoothie!
  • organic kale (gone to seed, it looks like a tall, slim rapini)
  • 1 lb carrots
  • 3 turnips
  • free-range chicken from Matt and Armando's farm - some for baking this weekend, some for freezing
  • cabbages: 1 green, 1 red
  • thick-shelled eggs generously produced by happy hens

Looking forward to using these fresh veggies this week in some rice and lentil egg in my gluten-free pancakes...and dandelion and kale in some energizing green smoothies. Health is delicious!

BONUS POINTS for anyone who can name 3 veggies above that provide a dose of the natural cancer-fighter, I-3-C (Indole-3-Carbinol)! (Hint: two are green, one is red).

Thanks again, Guelph Farmer's Market and especially Guelph Farmers!  See you next week.

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