Welcome to the August 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Farmer’s Markets
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about something new they’ve learned about their local farmers.
The topic of this months carnival has been playing on my mind recently. Lately, I have found myself researching and learning more about nutrition, watching documentaries such as “Food Matters” and “Forks Over Knives” online. The reoccurring theme, is to eat more fruits and vegetables and less meat and dairy – which I think people are (slowly) becoming more aware of these days. But the big point that stuck out to me, was that when we buy our fruit and veg at the supermarket, it has generally travelled from halfway across the globe and is usually a week or so old by the time it reaches our plate. This means that the nutrients in our fruit and vegetables have spent 6 or 7 days seeping away, so we are getting a product that is nowhere near its peak.
In an ideal situation, I want to be picking my own vegetables and preparing them to eat minutes later. I would then be certain that they are organic, local, ethical and package free. But while I’ve looked in to sprouting, and think that it could be a possible vegetable source for us, I know what a terrible gardener I am when it comes to anything more complicated. Right now I have 6 tomato plants that are all in various states of dead or dying around the kitchen and garden. I lovingly planted them and (occasionally) watered them, but not one tomato has sprouted. A few years back at our old home we had a couple of vegetable plots, and got lucky with the spinach and garlic. The potatoes were abundant although they were a bit of a strange texture, but we were proud none the less. But having our own vegetable patch was hard work, the bugs were faster than us as gobbling up anything tasty, and I didn’t feel that my green finger was quite in tune with the earth!
My lack of gardening skills, combined with our tiny, woodlice infested garden has at the very least postponed my dream of self sufficiency for the time being. So I’ve been left with my other option – investigating all the local farms. There are surprisingly few organic farms local to me, but there are a few companies that deliver fruit and vegetable boxes to your door, along with other organic produce. These look like a strong possibility, but the problem is the cost and of course the lack of choice. We have grown so used to having our favourite foods all year round, it will take a bit of getting used to to get back to seasonal eating habits. Since we have started to eat more raw foods we are getting through so much of the stuff that we really need to source it cheap. But it seems there is always a compromise to be made.
My compromise is to move somewhere sunny and tropical where gardening is a breeze and raw organic foods are plentiful! (Ah, one day…..)
In the mean time I will be giving the local delivery places a try and continuing to fantasise about enormous greenhouses and an endless supply of organic spinach!
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- 10 Simple Ways to Make the Farmer’s Market More Fun for Kids — Lorie at Reading Confetti shares ideas and books to help kids get the most from the farmers market experience.
- 10 Things I Want To Teach My Daughter About The Importance of Shopping at the Farmer’s Market — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares the ten lessons she hopes to impart to her daughter about the importance of shopping at local farmers markets.
- Charmed by Two Small Town Markets — Shannon at GrowingSlower was charmed by two small-town farmers markets while on vacation.
- The Olympia Farmer’s Market (and a giveaway!) — Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes and family took a trip to their state capitol to experience a new market. See what they saw, and enter to win a book written about that very market.
- Unschooling at the Farmers Market — Megz at Aspen Mama loves building memories as a vendor at the Market.
- Montessori-Inspired Vegetable Unit — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares links to Montessori-inspired vegetable printables and activities to help your family get the most out of a trip to the farmer’s market.
- Markets — How sustainable mum has fitted a monthly farmers market into a weekly food shop.
- The Farmers Market In Under An Hour (“Carl Style”) — Andrea and family at Tales of Goodness adapt their farmers marketing approach to make everyone happy.
- Experiencing the Farmer’s Market from a Different Perspective — Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM had a great time letting her toddler lead the way at the farmer’s market…
- Ask A Farmer’s Daughter — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter answers questions about her life growing up on a small family farm in New England.
- Giving Up the Grocery Store — Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling shares her family’s summertime challenge to eliminate trips to the grocery store and rely almost exclusively on local, farm-fresh foods.
- Urban farming and fresh food in the city — Lauren at Hobo Mama takes trips to farms, gardens, and markets within reach of a big city.
- Market Tip: Get to Know Your Farmers — Justine at The Lone Home Ranger finally gets up the guts to talk to her farmers and learns she is among ardent food lovers.
- “The Real World” Grassroots Edition — jessica at instead of institution takes some time out to write a love note.
- 9 Insider Tips for Farmer’s Market Newbies — Dionna at Code Name: Mama chatted with a few farmers to bring you some insider information on how to get the most out of your local farmer’s market.
- The Place Where I Can Say “Yes!” — Erica at ChildOrganics gives you a tour of her favorite vendors at her local farmers market and discusses the benefits of creating community through the market.
- Raw Local Milk — Jorje shares her family’s field trip to a local dairy. Learn what you can appreciate from a small town farm at Momma Jorje.com.
- Italian Secret Vegetable Soup Recipe — Alinka at Baby Web convinces an Italian Farmer & Cook to reveal a precious minestrone recipe and shares it with her readers.
- Where do our eggs come from? A visit to Sucellus Farms. — Carli at One Fit Mom takes her family to meet the chickens that have been providing their daily eggs.
- Beyond the Farm — Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy and her family enjoy looking beyond the food at the local farmer’s market to see the wares of the over vendors.
- Magic at the Market — Do you ever take time to really look at the food you eat? Amy at Anktangle enjoys marveling at the beauty (and the utility) of the foods and goods available at the farmers’ market.
- Farmer’s Market Discoveries — Laura from Pug in the Kitchen reminisces about the discoveries she’s made at the Farmer’s Market throughout the years.
- Are You Getting the Most out of Your Farmers’ Market? (My List of Not-So-Common “Musts”) — Sheila at A Living Family shares some uncommon ways to squeeze even more joy and connection (and yumminess!) from your local farmers’ market experience.
- Pick Your Own And Eat It — Luschka from Diary of a First Child shares their trip to a PYO farm and the journey from picking to eating her favourite food