Thursday, August 12, 2010

Morning Markets!


The Farmers Markets around your city are a great way to get MSG & additive-free foods, organic goods as well! I usually shop at the Green City Market and the one just south of it on Clark & Division. There's a wide selection of vegetables, seasonal fruits and even some meats.

Some farms have turned somewhat… industrious in their ways. Some do use added pectin and advertise "Grass fed, corn finished" beef, which any research will tell you cows biologically aren't meant to eat corn. It should be noted however that while shopping at farmer's markets, you're not walking through a minefield "death field" of what's good and what's bad, Wall-of-Text ingredient labels, mystery magic powders and brightly colored labels with images leading you to believe the complete opposite of what the actual contents DO. Like the "sports" drinks with some kid on a skateboard depicting physical activity, or lightning bolts of awesomeness on the front and fine print ingredients on the backside, well away from your 2 second attention span. There's a reason for all of this, how most companies actually hide their ingredients away from anything that draws attention. We all know the journey through the grocery store of neatly organized fruits and vegetables followed by the meats, then dairy products and the dried, preserved, pasteurized, additive-laden goods baddies in the middle as filler. The interesting thing that you should note, is there's more "filler" than food that's actually healthy for you.  So with all of this in mind, how good does a Farmer's Market sound? If you're anything like me, reading every ingredient label of anything you pick up, it's a warm welcome.

IMG_0708 A line of "Bears" filled with honey. I gotta Bear!

My shopping list usually includes a good source of raw honey and any fruits or vegetables I need and can cart back on my bike, usually a good supply of blueberries. I only wish I could cart back a few herb plants without destroying them on the way home (bike + speed = monsoon winds for small plants). Two good perks of these markets include: being able to ask the person who grows the food any questions you have about any processing, ingredients, growing standards or style and secondly, it's all local. Welcome to the original purpose of cities (to centralize trade).

It's always good to get outside, bike a few blocks in the sun and land smack dab in an energy calming good food galore! market.

Featured Farm: Heritage Prairie Market & Farm.
To Note: their honey is even infused with mint and 2 other flavors (rosemary is one I believe) without the use of Free Glutamic Acid. Well done Heritage, well done.