Farmer’s Market Fun

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Every Wednesday there is a small farmer’s market in the parking lot of the Whole Foods near where I work. I’ve been wanting to go for a while, but haven’t had the chance to until yesterday.

If you’ve never been to a farmer’s market, you are missing out, especially if you’re like me and love free food.  All of the ones I’ve visited thus far are pretty much the same, but sampling all the fresh fruit never gets old! There’s always a number of vendors selling all sorts of food (fruits, veggies, desserts, BBQ, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Asian, etc.) and goods (clothes, art, body products, etc.). A lot of times there will be music or performances by community groups or local artists.  This one even had a small petting zoo and pony rides.

Petting Zoo

Overall, I’ve found that the prices are slightly cheaper than buying in the grocery store, but what I really like is that you know that you’re buying produce that’s in-season and fresh. I’ll also say this: since I’ve started buying more of my weekly produce at the farmer’s market, my grocery bill has gone down drastically. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that the grocery store atmosphere makes people like me, hungry, more inclined to make impulsive purchases or buy way more than what I can eat before it spoils (**moment of silence for all my wasted food**). Farmer’s markets have a much more mellow atmosphere, which makes just going an enjoyable experience, even if you buy very little.

Mmmm.... Spinach Bolani

If you haven’t already, I would  definitely  encourage you to take a trip  to your local  farmer’s market. I’ve  provided a list of a  number of ones that  are held in the greater Los Angeles  area. I’ve also included a couple of links  that also list some (there may be  duplicates). If you live out here, I  guarantee you that there is at least one  that you’ll be able to go to. If you don’t  live out here, a simple Google search  will help you locate one near you. So, find one that works best with your schedule, grab some cash and get out to the market!

Here’s the list (copied from www.FarmerNet.com):

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Pineapple Daze

Okay, so what do you get when you combine pineapple, red onions, cucumber, mint and lime juice? A quick, delicious lunch, that’s what you get! I know it sounds like a strange combination, but it tastes great, I promise.

I found the recipe on Whole Food’s website while searching for different dishes I can make with pineapple. I figure, since I’m going to Hawaii it would be great to eat some fresh pineapple while I’m out there. T minus 13 days!!!

Anyway, back to the recipe. It called for green onion, but I didn’t have any on hand so I just used diced red onion instead. And I had the not-so-bright idea to put the mixture into a pita. While it tasted good, it was a little too juicy and made the pita fall apart. It looked like a good idea though, didn’t it? No? Oh well, delicious lesson learned.

SWEET AND TANGY PINEAPPLE-CUCUMBER SALAD

Serves 4 to 6

Serve as a side dish or condiment. It is also delicious rolled into lettuce wraps.

Ingredients

3 cups chopped fresh pineapple
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup roughly chopped mint
1/4 cup lime juice

Method

In a large bowl, gently toss all ingredients together and serve.

Cleaning Out the Kitchen

A lot of the success I’ve had thus far with changing my diet hasn’t been as much due to will power as it has been due to controlling what is available to eat, so when I ran across this article I really wanted to share since I know a number of people who are working on eating more healthfully.  Removing items that are detrimental to your health from your home is a great way to start changing your eating habits. This article has some good tips on how to go about doing this. I’ve posted the entire article below, but I would suggest you check out the site since they have a number of great health related articles.

Kitchen Makeover (from HealthCastle.com)

(HealthCastle.com) For many of us, junk food is much more tempting when it’s within easy reach. If it’s out of sight, it is probably out of mind – and won’t be calling your name every time you walk past it. So go take a deep dive into your kitchen and get rid of all the junk that your body doesn’t need, and trade up for something healthier that is deserving of permanent citizenship in your home! Continue reading “Cleaning Out the Kitchen”

Random List of Things I Want for my Birthday

Since my birthday is 19 days away, I thought that I would provide a few ideas as you’re considering what to get me 🙂

  1. Ani’s Raw Food Essentials
  2. Vegan Planet
  3. Vegan on the Cheap
  4. Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine
  5. Vegan Express
  6. Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons
  7. Any raw/vegan dessert recipe book
  8. Any smoothie/juice recipe book
  9. Gigantic bag of plain (unroasted) cashews
  10. Gift card to Borders (or any book store for that matter)
  11. Gift card to Whole Foods
  12. Gift card to Trader Joe’s
  13. Gift card to Fresh & Easy
  14. Gift card to Chevron (do they have those?)
  15. Heavy duty food processor
  16. Excalibur dehydrator
  17. Cash, check or money order for any amount over $5