Healthy eating close by

Published 3:36 pm Tuesday, June 2, 2009

With six farmers markets available in the county this summer, there’s no reason for anyone to go hungry for fresh fruits and vegetables.

There’s bound to be a market near you, so we encourage you to get up early one Saturday (yes, we know it’s tough) and check out the local produce. Chances are you’ll find something you love.

Make this the summer that you cook at home more, with the help of farmers market ingredients. Try new recipes or make your favorite ones new all over again with straight-off-the-vine ingredients. Most likely, you’ll find you’re eating healthier without even thinking about it.

You might even consider going a step further and, with the advent of summer, making your New Year’s resolution your new season’s resolution. Take time to get another hour of sleep every night. Exercise more, even if it’s just a brisk walk around the neighborhood. Let your healthier eating propel you into a healthier life.

Shopping the farmers markets would be worth it even without the added health benefits. When we shop locally, we help the local economy. Alabama farmers, who sink their lives into the soil, need every bit they can get. Many of these vendors are actually from Shelby County, and their products are grown or made just a few miles from where you live.

Help support local farmers, while also doing something good for yourself. Shop Shelby County’s farmers markets.