Saturday, January 14, 2012

Who Says You Can't Get Fresh Produce In the Inner City?

$19 of healthy, fresh produce + nuts!

Each time I pass by the huge banner advertising the Phat Beets Farmer's Market, I always promise myself that I am going to drop by to check it out. And without fail, Saturday after Saturday after Saturday rolls by and I always forget. I nearly forgot today! Thankfully I was able to dust off my cloth bag and hop the bus to explore this awesome asset to the community. The vendors/farms were few, but the market was full of fruits and veggies that Emma and I love to eat. I was able to shop with each farm, picking something that we love.

At the end of my trip around the lot, I had a bag full of celery, cauliflower, carrots, big beautiful collards, walnuts, apples, oranges, and lemons. All for just $19. And the best part? I was able to pay for my fruits, veggies and nuts with my EBT benefits, better known as Food Stamps! It was an effortless experience. So, you see, there really are healthy options available to those of us living in urban areas. And for an even more effortless approach to getting fresh produce into the homes of families in the community, Phat Beets Produce offers a CSA that they call a Beet Box, which can also be paid for with EBT benefits. Next week I will be signing up to receive my very first! I'm looking forward to the variety.

How often do you visit your local farmer's market?