Thursday, June 9, 2011

Our Trip to the Rockville Farmers' Market

Foraging for a Healthy and Sustainable Meal

As part of our Heart Health Initiative, I planned an outing to a local farmers market in Rockville. We passed out shopping bags, talked about what questions we would ask the farmers: (1) Is the produce grown locally? (2) Is the produce organic? We also took a quick look at a cookbook that I like, Simply in Season and this months Everyday Food to get an idea of what we might expect to find. (By the way, Everyday Food has has the best magazine iPad app. Easy to navigate with gorgeous pictures and instructional videos.) Then, 14 of us piled into two ASHA vans and headed out.

This is a smaller market, but there were two farms with a nice selection of wonderful looking fruits and veggies -- Scenic View Orchards and Mountain Valley Orchard. I didn't see anyone buying kale even though I kept telling them how yummy Cindy Mann's kale chips are, but everyone seemed to find something to try.

I hope ths will be the first of many ASHA staff trips to the farmer's market.