It seems everywhere you turn, there’s news of a new cancer causing substance. Research has shown however, that plastics contain the chemical bisphenol A, which is proven to cause various forms of cancer.
So, just how can you protect the health of yourself and your family, without feeling overwhelmed? Here’s how:
Another way to protect your family’s health is by shopping for local and seasonal foods. These include meats, poultry, dairy and eggs that do not contain hormones or antibiotics; or fruits and vegetables that have been grown without the use of harmful pesticides.
One of the best ways to source these types of foods is at your local farmers’ market. There is a wide assortment of healthy, wholesome and fresh foods to be found. There are plenty of varieties of foods to be found, which are distinctive in flavors, and completely BPA-free.
Scout around the premises of the market. Ask vendors for more information on the source of products if needed, and get on to a healthy start for you and all members of the family.
There are many natural alternatives to soda, which are discussed below.
Drinking soda not only causes detriments to the health, it also contributes to the heaping piles of cans and plastics in the landfills, which is part of the global warming epidemic. Embracing healthy living isn’t only good for you; it’s good for the planet too.
It’s about building relationships and knowing where your food comes from. It’s about running into your neighbor on a spring morning and comparing your market “finds” and recipes over a cup of coffee and a taco. It’s about breaking bread with friends, sharing a steaming plate of fresh, local, greens, verdant salads, vivid orange carrots and flaming peppers with your family, all grown by people you know. The market acts as an incubator for small business and keeps local money local. Besides these things, your food requires less fossil fuels and emissions to get to you, and you know that the people who grew what you eat are being paid fairly for their goods. Everyone wins!
Small, family farming and ranching have not been lucrative (as far as money goes) lifestyles for some time now. It usually takes family land or small pieces of land put together piece by piece to make a decent living. And, don’t get them started on the taxes! But, the lifestyle it does provide is one that seems to be very satisfying …even with droughts and freezes, bugs and weeds, funguses and molds. These farmers have a fortitude that I thought was lost hundreds of years ago. After the freeze last week I was accused of thinking of the farmers as” poor and abused” because I was desperately trying to get some press on the issue of farmers losing their winter crops and that some could be without income until April or May. Here is what I heard: Carla, we’ll just replant and salvage what we can, we’re farmers and used to having to begin again. And, that was OK with them. The thrill of a beautiful strawberry or summer tomato must be really big for them to put up the weather we’ve had lately.
Please help me support these families as they support you and our market by offering whatever they have for you in the next weeks. One farmer came last week with only eggs and his boys to experience the positive warmth that our shoppers shared with them and to show support of this market. One came 200 miles with sweet potatoes and some cabbage for the same reason. Honestly, only 2 of our farmers didn’t make it last week because of crop damage.
These next few weeks will be tough; we must hang in there while they plant yet again.
This week’s Market Sprout is Hayley. She is 4 years old and loves coming to the market. She told us that her favorite treat at the market is the pops from Mom and Pops. She couldn’t pick a favorite flavor because she loves them all! At home Hayley loves to play with her little sister and her pretty pony. She wanted to show us her pretty pony today in her picture. We caught up with Hayley and her family at Betty’s Glutenless Gluttony. They told us they come to the market as often as they can, which ends up being about every other week. Look for Hayley and her pretty pony at the market and give them a wave hello!
It’s that time of year again when barbecues, pool time and fun outdoors are the main theme. However, with temperatures rising to over 100 degrees, how can you enjoy the weather, without the sunburn or dehydration?
Below are few tips for you and all members of the family, including Fido.
It’s not unusual for shoppers of the Texas Farmers’ Market to take all members of the household with them, including the family dog. And who could blame them? Fresh air and exercise are necessary for good health.
At the Texas Farmers’ Markets, we want all of our patrons to be safe and happy. The heat is on, outdoors and in the community – the warmth can be felt as locals support farmers, and vice verse. Farmers support healthy families with local and fresh foods and refreshments, all summer long.