Guest Post: Winter Farmers’ Markets are a Win for All

fullsizerender-8Editor’s Note: We love having guest posts from local businesses, farms or individuals- contact us if you have something blog-worthy! Today’s post celebrates the winter farmers’ markets – see our newly released dates on our website

I hope this finds all of you making the most of the gorgeous fall we’re having on the Seacoast!! While I hate to see the outdoor farmer’s markets come to a close, my excitement for the winter markets is building and I look forward to seeing you all there. It is a time for connecting with food, farmers, craftspeople, musicians, environmental educators, and others that share a passion for nourishing their body and soul with local food that’s been grown with lots of hard work and even more love!
Food that’s been loved just tastes better. I find winter is a season with far less spontaneous social interaction. The days are shorter, far colder and many people are holed up indoors. The market is a great place to get out and meet up with old friends and perhaps make some new ones, too. It’s a regular date for my daughter and I. It’s great to reconnect with some of our usual farms and fun to meet new ones and see what they offer. If we encounter something we are unfamiliar with or just have yet to buy we love to hear the farmers excitedly share how they use their produce, offer recipe suggestions and more often than not even offer a taste! Good luck with that at the grocery store.
We weave up and down the rows to sounds of stowaway birds chirping, live musicians performing, and people happily chatting with friends new and old. Farmer’s markets are beneficial to the farmer, consumer, environment and the local economy. It feels good knowing that the dollars we all spend go directly to the people growing our food. Those hands that played such a vital role in cultivating our food turn around and put that money back into their farms, families and local economies.
We both, farmer and consumer, just helped our environment by greatly reducing the staggering amount of fuel used to ship produce all over the world and by growing and consuming produce that has not been altered in the forms of pesticides, waxes, chemicals and preservatives. When shopping at farmer’s markets you don’t have to be as vigilant about certified organic products. Many small family farms simply can not afford the costly organic certification yet still follow very healthy and natural growing practices. Farmer’s markets offer a more intimate and organic way of closing the loop between the food we eat and where it comes from. If you frequent the winter
farmer’s markets try and bring a friend that hasn’t been before. The more people we have supporting local food the better off we all are!
Enjoy this hearty soup! Consider it your first winter farmer’s market scavenger hunt!
 
Applesquashage Soup
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Lb Loose Italian Sausage
  • 5 Cloves garlic

sautee above ingredients then add:

  • 2 ½ cups diced Sweet Dumpling or Delicata squash
  • 1 diced McIntosh apple
  • 1 14 oz can Cannellini beans (pureed)
  • 1 Qt Organic chicken stock
  • 6 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 2 Tbs fresh Rosemary

Let simmer for about 20 minutes or until squash is tender and then add

  • 1 14 oz can of rinsed and drained Cannellini beans
  • 1 bunch of chopped Lacinato Kale
Simmer until kale is just wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add your grain of choice (rice, quinoa, barley) per serving so as not to destroy any future leftovers.

Jodi Stone is a lifelong Seacoast resident who loves sharing her passion for health and wellness. She holds a B.S. in nutrition and fitness and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach whose Living SWELL philosophy is based on the power of Seeking Balance, Whole Foods, Embracing Exercise, Living In the Moment and Loving Who We Are.She believes in making lasting change one choice at a time. Visit her website at wellisswell.com

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