Locally grown resources, Farmers’ Markets, Farms & CSAs and note to BCBS clients
I’m a huge fan of growing some of my own veggies and herbs when possible, because it’s so much fun to see them grow. We’ve lived in several different spots in Virginia, and my gardens have ranged from small gardens in containers to much larger spaces. Of course, the deer have sometimes used the garden as a buffet, and space can be an issue in this area, too. I’m lucky enough to have a garden bed this year, but also have a few things in Earth boxes, which are wonderful in places with more limited space. The picture above is kale and broccoli starts I planted a few weeks ago, and they’re huge already. There are also local community garden plots, and this link has listings in the DC Metro area.
Gardens are a great way to get sunshine, exercise, and some yummy food, if you’re lucky. It’s also great for kids to get them interested in fresh foods.
If growing simply isn’t possible, or if you’re looking to supplement your garden, May is when most of the Farmers’ Markets start to open. While most of the fruits and veggies won’t be around until June or July, we got to enjoy the 1st asparagus of the season.
- City of Alexandria Farmer’s Markets
- Fairfax county Farmer’s Markets
- Arlington Farmer’s Market
- Listing of NoVA Markets from Northern Virginia Magazine
- Nationwide listing of USDA Farmer’s Markets
Whether you have a nice big garden or even just an available window, it’s a great time to get growing. Even a sunny window should work for herbs like basil.
Organic Grocery Delivery Services
Both offer boxes of local, seasonal veggies and fruit
- Washington’s Green Grocer—http://www.washingtonsgreengrocer.com/Delivers organic fruits, veggies and herbs to DC, VA and MD
- Hungry Harvest http://www.hungryharvest.net/ local produce boxes delivered to the DC area. Bonus–helps feed the hungry! Down side–not yet available in all of N. VA (thanks, Jonathan!)
Did I miss any of your favorites? Leave me a comment!
Note to BCBS clients:
As of June 2016, I’m formally ending my contract for BCBS. While I’ll still be seeing clients, including BCBS clients, I’ll be an out-of-network provider. It’s been a difficult decision for me. In brief, after many months and many requests, BCBS claims from December and January (6 months ago) are still unpaid. I love my job; I also expect to be compensated for work without ongoing battles. Longer version here, and if you have questions, do feel free to contact me directly.
Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Wellcoach in Fairfax & Alexandria, VA. She helps people with a range of dietary issues, including Celiac Disease, GI issues, food allergies, pregnancy, breastfeeding, vegetarian and vegan diets, preventing diseases and “whole foods” eating. Let’s get you on your way to achieving your goals and feeling great! Email or call 571-271-8742.