With summer starting to make its yearly debut, farmer’s markets are getting back into the swing of things. This morning I enjoying perusing the local vendors at the Boulder farmer’s market and was thinking about how lucky I am to have such good food readily available to me. As I strive to live a healthy, active lifestyle, I sometimes find myself wondering about the importance of organic food and local food.
I sometimes feel torn between the draw of saving a few extra bucks and going for what I know to be foods that are more beneficial for me. Thankfully, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) has put out a handy dandy wallet-sized reference card that you can print and keep with you with the updated (yearly) Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen produce items, available here: EWG Clean Food Guide. They also have an app that can help you analyze food as well. In addition to this, I would also encourage you to buy local produce whenever possible! Reduce your carbon footprint by having your food only travel a couple miles to you, AND get to meet some of your neighbors!
Farmer’s Markets are one of my favorite things about summer! One of the things I have looked forward to the most about moving to Boulder, CO is the availability of clean, local food. I hope that you are able to get out and enjoy your local markets as well! Here’s to a healthy summer!
-Charity (Spa Director – The Dragontree Boulder)