Last night I was looking online for something fun to do on Sunday that didn’t cost anything. I’ve realized that to find those things you really do have to look. I happened upon an event in Seminole Heights, a historic district in East Tampa. It’s an up and coming area that has some really cute homes and a really active community of residents. One of the things they started last year was this Sunday Morning Market.
It happens the second Sunday of every month, and as I learned today, it is one of many markets that occurs in the Tampa Bay area on a regular basis. I had fun taking pictures and walking around, and because I made my grocery list before I went, I was able to pick up some locally grown and pesticide-free produce at a fraction of the cost of the grocery stores. It was a really low key environment where everything was set up under tents. Plus, with all of the colors of the fruits and vegetables, it was a reminder that summer is around the corner.
After reading the book Skinny B*tch last weekend, I became more interested in ensuring that I was supporting local farmers and eating in ways that would ensure my own health. My favorite find was the strawberries in the last picture. The man selling them had pictures of his farm and his family, and they grow the strawberries without pesticides. I can’t wait to enjoy the half flat I purchased.
After the market I headed to Whole Foods to purchase a few more items from this week’s grocery list. Between reading a few healthy eating blogs and the book mentioned above as well as seeing this Wednesday’s Oprah, I’m starting to make different choices in the foods that I buy and consume. That’s a topic for a whole other post!
Do you frequent farmer’s markets in your area?
What conscious choices do you make about the foods you buy and consume?
If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, what were the main reasons you made that choice?