It’s been a fun month for me!
- I was named “Emerging Dietetics Leader of the Year for 2012” by the Virginia Dietetics Association
I was featured in a few articles from the Washingtonian Well Being Blog:
- Can Going Gluten-free Help You Lose Weight? See my response in the April 12th, 2012
- Is Shake Shack your guilty pleasure? Best and worst burgers and Hot dogs at Shake Shack
- Tastier than conditioner any day: Top foods to eat for healthy hair
Something Yummy in Season:
In some ways, it was a rude awakening, moving from sunny California for grad school to Northern Virginia. One of the first things that struck me was the difference in fruits and vegetables. The year-round gardens and Farmers’ Markets had me utterly spoiled. I took my very first trip to a local grocery store and stared blankly at the veggies and a friendly employee asked if he could help me find something. And before I could think clearly, I blurted out, “Sure! Where are there Farmers’ Markets near here?” I don’t think that was what he was anticipating, but he was kind enough to let me know of one up the road.
Fortunately, the number of markets has only grown for the last decade. We’ve got a bunch of markets nearby, and they’re about to open, so get ready!
The Washingtonian did a great rundown of VA/DC/MD markets and opening days
Benefits of shopping at the Farmer’s Market
- Fresh produce and meat-most fruits and vegetables are picked that day
- Support for local farmers
- Few or fewer pesticides on fruits and vegetables. A plum shipped from Chile need a lot of pesticides to keep it lovely even after traveling thousands of miles.
- Better taste! There’s nothing that compares to the taste of a freshly picked tomato, peach, or apple.
- The “manufacturer” is usually right in front of you, so if you have questions about how something is made or grown, just ask!
Also, another great option are CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)
Here are some resources:
Local Farmer’s Market Links:
Arlington Farmer’s Markets—now all listed separately
Summary of local CSAs for 2011 from the Washington Post
Farm in the Shenandoah Valley with pastured meats and eggs that are delivered locally or bought in bulk
Mount Vernon Farms
In Sperryville, VA. Pastured beef, lamb and chicken.
Eco Friendly Foods:
At many area Farmer’s Markets
South Mountain Veggies
Delivered, locally grown produce from Frederick County, MD
Farms, CSAs, etc.
www.localharvest.org Community Supported Agriculture (or CSAs) allow people to buy a ‘share’ in a farm and pick up a bag of fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods weekly. Pick up points are located throughout D.C. and suburbs. Foods vary week to week and usually come with recipes.
Organic Grocery Delivery Service
Delivers organic fruits, veggies and herbs to DC, VA and MD
Arganica Farm Club—DC metro area and beyond
Am I missing one of your favorites? Leave me a comment!
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