“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”
Farmers’ Markets are one of my favourite places to visit, close to home or out there somewhere. They calm me down, make me happy, feed me when I am hungry and entertain my eyeballs with their colourful, fresh, local produce.
They also have this particular smell, that changes from region to region, depending on the season and the food available. Regardless of the place, the smell is always amazing. It in itself fills you up, it’s quite mind-blowing – you never get this smell in a grocery store, at least not in a giant chain one (a small farmer’s grocer, perhaps). The smell also sparks excitement and intrigue, and a thought that you will taste something or many things that are inexplicable delicious and marvellously fresh.
You can stroll in a circle and never get tired of seeing the same vendor. You happen to spot wild blueberries or bright orange and purple carrots, and while paying for your fruit or veggies you spend a few minutes talking to the farmer. Apart from visiting the farm directly, there is no other place that you can go to, to ask the farmer directly about their farming practices and about how they see their crops.
Farmers markets are also great because you can snack on the way. Similar to Costco, but the food you nibble on is actually healthy for you, fresh and not some frozen deep-fried meat or super processed cereal. You want to make sure that what you are buying suits your taste buds, ask for a taste of that beet, apple, melon or cucumber.
Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has been working as a nutritionist since 2013 and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.