This Wednesday, July 18th I'll be at my first farmer's market! I'll be selling My Goodness! organic Kombucha ... made fresh, made locally, and using fruit that's in season. The herbs are grown in my backyard,
the Kombucha brews in my kitchen,
and the honey is MN grown. On occasion I sweeten the Kombucha with maple syrup and that's 100% pure organic maple syrup (that's the only ingredient listed on the bottle).
Why does it matter if our food is fresh and local? Food ripens on the vine right up until it's harvested. Not to mention the increased taste factor, while on the vine it is continuing to get necessary nutrients, enzymes, and minerals. Once it's harvested it begins it's decline in nutritional value. Often times food is picked much earlier than desired in order to allow time for shipping and unfortunaltey, contains a fraction of the nutritional value.
Why is it best for our body to eat what is in season? Other than the fact that it ripened to it's full capicity if you buy local, food that is in season aligns with our bodies need at the time. Summertime lends itself to an abundance of watermelon, berries, cucumbers, all foods to rehydrate us in the heat of the summer. Winter fruits are our citrus fruits high in Vitamin C to strengthen our immune system. Spring greens are great for detoxifying the heavier winter food we just came off of. Our body knows what it needs, we need to learn to listen.
Food that is fresh, local, and in season tastes better, is much higher in nutritional value, supports local farmers, and is cheaper. Win, win, win!
There's plenty of good farmer's markets right now. I'll be at Coon Rapids Ice Center most Wednesday's starting July 18th. The address is: 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. I hope to see you there!