brocolliVibrant color has really returned to the farmer’s market. It is now exploding with a rainbow of tulips, purple sprouting broccoli, fresh local asparagus, radishes, and greens! These fresh breaths of spring are interspersed with an expanding selection of food cart/stalls, as well as the vendors that provide soaps & salves, eggs, cheese and other ethically-produced animal products all winter long. I’m a particular fan of the Ballard Farmers’ market. How we nourish ourselves has a huge impact on our health. Consequently, a big part of my clinical practice is educating people about food choices. More information about Food as Medicine can also be found on the Resources tab of my website under Comprehensive Nutrition.

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There are several upcoming events through which you can support local food producers and subsequently our community’s health and vitality. Tuesday May 6 is the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event. This is a one-day, online charitable giving event. GiveBIG aims to inspire people to give generously to non-profits making our region healthier and more vital.

A generous donor has pledge to match all gifts made to Seattle Tilth, an organization that inspires and educates people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system.  Give to Seattle Tilth through the GiveBIG website on May 6th and your contribution will be matched, doubling the benefit for this wonderful organization.

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Tuesday May 13th, there’s an upcoming Farmer’s Market Dinner and live auction to support the Fresh Bucks program which extends SNAP benefits into the market stalls, allowing those with ‘food stamps’ to access organic, locally produced food. How we nourish ourselves is such an important element of our health and vitality.

Find a farmer’s market near you and make it a weekly ritual.