To Market, To Market

It was a long and busy Tuesday. In the midst of work and lunch with a cousin and an elementary school open house, I was mindful that the farmer’s market was open this afternoon. I took a few minutes today to scribble out a menu for this week and make a shopping list. And I tell you, my shopping has become extremely basic and simple! 

There it is, pictured above, food for this week’s meals. I divided my time shopping this afternoon and late this evening at the Webb City Farmer’s Market and my neighborhood Walmart Market, picking up fresh fruit, fresh veggies, frozen wild blueberries and brown rice. 

On the menu for the week is my morning celery juice followed by a cold, fruity smoothie. Lunches will alternate between salads full of greens and vegetables, baked sweet potatoes and fresh fruit, and homemade vegetable soup. 

Dinners include a baked potato with black eyed peas and sliced tomato, stir fry veggies with brown rice, and the vegetable soup topped with avocado. 

I love the wholesomeness of the colorful ingredients that await transformation into healthy, nutritious meals. I’m ridiculously excited about including cooked veggies and brown rice! I’m even more excited about this ongoing journey into healing. 

Over and over today the thought arose, “I feel SO good!” And with that thought, a grin would appear on my face. People would pause and grin back at me, unsure what I was smiling about but willing to join in my apparent happiness. 

Kevin Trudeau says “Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” I am beginning to understand. 

Butterhead Lettuce from the Farmer’s Market

I love going to the Webb City Farmer’s Market.  The sight, and tantalizing aromas, of herbs, vegetables and fruits inspire creativity in the kitchen and strenthen my resolve to eat healthily. 

This time of year the market is open three days a week, for three hours each of those days. This afternoon the market bell rang at 4:00, announcing the start of business. I was already in line for Braker Berry Farm when the bell rang, eyeing ripe tomatoes and containers full of luscious blackberries. 

As I waited my turn to make selections at this booth, I realized the farmer’s market has the same effect on me that my garden does. It brings me joy to be among colorful fruits and vegetables, freshly cut herbs and flowers, and the chatter of people as they engage the vendors in friendly banter.  

With fresh fruits, berries and leafy green vegetables being the mainstay of my diet right now, the market is the place for me to find locally grown, nutrient dense produce. I look forward to many trips to the market in the upcoming months, trying a variety of foods as the growing season changes the harvest. 

As I waited in one line and Greg waited in another for peaches, our daughter-in-law Megan surprised us. She too was seeking fresh ingredients for her homemade bakery goodies. That’s another thing I love about the market, it’s a gathering place for people who appreciate wholesome foods. I typically run into at least one friend and find new people to chat with. 

Leaf lettuce was on my list of items to buy as well. When I made my selections, I asked for two bunches of lettuce. “Butterhead?” the vendor asked. Butterhead! Reading through the Medical Medium book, Anthony recommended this type of lettuce as being very rich in essential nutrients. I had never heard of butterhead before and now, here it was. 

My dinner tonight was made up entirely of the fresh and delicious finds from the Webb City Farmer’s Market. It was the perfect summer meal. And I feel good about supporting local farmers and growers and supporting my body as it heals. It’s a definite win/win.