Hooray for our first trip to the Fort Collins Winter Farmer’s Market! Our walk there this past Saturday made for a delightful afternoon…and set us up with week’s worth of goodies.
It also offered a wonderful introduction to vendors and farmers in our new home…along with the stories behind what they do and what they sell.
Forming these sorts of connections makes us feel closer to our community and to our food—adding a special ingredient to every meal.
Indeed, one of our favorite parts about living in Colorado is the local food culture.
Being able to source organic, sustainably raised, high-quality meat, eggs and produce from our surrounds—and from people who love their animals and crops—takes nourishment and deliciousness to a whole other level.
Buying local not only supports small farmers and helps preserve wiser, more sustainable food production. It’s also better for your health.
Even when choosing organic, the nutrient profiles of many vegetables and fruits decline substantially with long storage and transit times. Plus, Big Agriculture’s efforts to make crops sweeter, bigger, less perishable and more homogenous has, in most cases, left them tasteless and nutrient poor.
And, when it comes to eggs and meat, knowing how animals are raised is so, so important.
The conventional livestock industry is horrendous and unconscionable—both in its treatment of animals…and in its use of unhealthy feed, hormones and antibiotics. Not what I want on my plate or in my body.
I want farmers I can trust. I also want to feel connected to those we’re depending on to support our health.
As an added bonus, buying local makes it easier to source high-quality but inexpensive “odd bits.”
Think grassfed organ meats, skin, fat, feet…even heads. Okay, okay…I get that those may not be your thing.
But there’s an abundance of valuable nutrients in there—so nourishing for skin, joint, brain and whole-body wellness.
And don’t forget grassfed, pastured bones for making powerfully healing bone broths.
Plus…there’s always an array of fun extras, like homemade kombucha and kimchi.
We picked up some of the latter, along with local almond butter, handmade butter and ginger-infused raw honey.
All made for a fun evening of sampling our finds.
Have some farmers market finds of you own to share? Or other favorite ways to source real, whole, local food? Please share in the comments!
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