Visit Your Local Farm Store

Last week I made yet another trip down to Traugers, a farm along route 611 in Kintnersville PA. It’s a great family own farm and store. There are often children and dogs running through the store, in fact. If that doesn’t bother you then you can find many treasures therein.

They sell their own fresh produce as it comes in, as well as local honey, baked goods, candies, items from other local farms, and even some basic groceries like flour, apple butter (wait… that’s not a basic grocery?), and much more.

I picked up some of those great fresh beets in the upper left corner. They are terrific steamed or roasted.

Ideally, we should eat with the season. When a crop is in season we should make the most of it and enjoy it at its peak freshness.  Now, frozen and imported vegetables get us through the winter, but I blamed these (along with the worst culprit: canned vegetables) for being the reason why so many children and adults seem to hate vegetables.

First of all, there are so many different varieties of vegetables, it’s pretty impossible to hate them all. Just in the picture above there;s onions, garlic, beets, cucumbers, green beans, yellow beans. Something freshly picked is always better than something that’s taken a week or two from farm to table. That’s one of the best parts about supporting local farms.

The other great part is helping to keep alive family farms. More and more farmland is being bought up for development or sold to corporate farms to be used in prepackaged, over-produced food sold in grocery stores.

I think the best way to eat healthy is to know what you’re eating. Buying it straight from the source before it’s been tampered with or “improved” with chemical flavor enhancers, you know exactly what you’re getting. It gives you the opportunity to flex your creative culinary muscle with new recipes, or just nibble at something raw. Like these delicious little baby plums I bought a quart of:

They are only somewhat bigger than cherries with sweet, mild red flesh, and some tartness right around the pit.

Hopefully this has encouraged you to check out your own local farms to see what healthy and conscientious food choices you can make there. Many farms and orchards will even let you go out and pick your own apples, strawberries, and other fruits from their crop for a small fee.

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