You can smell fall in the air. We come outside in cooler weather and survey our surroundings, start to clear the vestiges of summer, and look for every opportunity to absorb the opportunities of a new season.
One great fall activity is to hit the farmers’ market! Many cities have them year round. You don’t have to get up too early in the morning to beat the rush at the beginning of the season, and you’ll feel great when you have a hand in picking your own fresh foods.
Once you’re at the market, you’re sure to be struck by the colors and textures—green and purple and red lettuces in the buckets of spring mix, yellow zucchinis, and glorious red apples.
If you’re on one of OPTAVIA’s Plans, like the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan®, you have many fall options available. If you’re on transition or maintenance, the farmers’ market is your oyster! What’s a salad without the fresh taste of arugula? Fresh vegetables are the perfect accompaniment for fish. Look for chard and fiddleheads, scallions, parsley, spring onions, leeks, fennel, and all kinds of flavorful greens.
But don’t go just for the vegetables. Treat yourself to potted herbs, fresh flowers, farm-fresh eggs, candles and soaps, hand-made crafts. Let the whole family enjoy healthy living. And you can have a cup of local coffee while you stroll.
Farmers’ markets are about more than food: they offer entertainment, community, camaraderie and sheer joy. Not only do you get the best, freshest, just-picked produce, but you get the best, freshest people, too—all of whom are happy to be out and about, enjoying the colorful sights and delicious aromas of the growing season.
Best of all: you’re moving. You’re helping yourself while you help the farmers and the environment. Become a regular, and it will be one of the highlights of your week.