Heart Healthy: Arkansas Farmers Markets
My Thursday blogs are all about being Heart Healthy. When the New Year rolled around, I’m sure many of us made a resolution to get fit – to make a change. So let’s do it.
Jill M. Rohrbach
I usually concentrate on places to get outside and hike for the pleasure of scenery as well as exercise. Today, let’s think healthy food. Many Arkansas cities and towns have Farmers Markets selling fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. So whether you’re a resident or a tourist cooking meals in a cabin or campsite, these markets are a great resource for fresh produce. Some sell organic products as well.
Often the markets are in historic downtown areas and provide a true sense of Americana. Some include cheeses, nuts, honey, fine arts and crafts from farmers and artists in the region. Some markets, like the one in Bentonville, have a blog to tell you what’s fresh at the market. June is the best time to buy blueberries in northwest Arkansas, and the market manager says Bentonville has Blue Heaven Farms selling them every Saturday right now. The manager suggests you “try these antioxidant packed berries in salads, cereals, parfaits, pancakes or mix them into your baked goods and bask in the delightful taste of fresh and local blueberries! Don’t miss your chance to gobble them up, this seasons harvest ends in July!”
You can also visit farms and orchards where you get to pick your own fresh fruit like blueberries and peaches. When I was a kid my relatives would come from Kansas to buy buckets of peaches to take home to their farm and can. They swore we had better peaches than anywhere. Their visits and hunts for fruit are one of my treasured memories.
Here are some Websites linking to information on Arkansas Farmers Markets and Farms.
Happy Shopping and Healthy Eating Y’all!