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Eating healthy has always been a top priority for my family. Every Saturday we visit our local Farmers Market. We also all work in the vegetable patch my dad started four years ago at the community garden, and we are part of a farm share, where we can get meat and eggs.
I’ve learned that eating healthy doesn’t always mean doing without sweet breakfast cereals or beverages. It just means finding other, just as good, food.
It’s awesome to visit the Farmers Market. We have gotten to know the farmers and we get to see other people from our community. In other words, we get to buy delicious food while visiting with friends!
As part of a farm share, my family gets some of the crops as they are harvested. Depending on the season, we get different food. For example, in the summer we get kale and—my personal favorite—watermelon. In the winter we tend to get granola and meat.
My mom loves to make apple pie during the fall, and guess where we get the best apples? At the market!
Whether you love helping pick out the fruits that will go in your lunch, or you like to get involved in your community, everyone loves the farmers market.
In our home garden, I especially love when we grow tomatoes. We are really successful with those. In the summer my friends and I help collect the hundreds of juicy, red, vitamin-c-filled fruits. We eat them all the time after that. We can put them in anything: salads, sandwiches, salsa, and sometimes tomato sauce!
We plant cucumbers that turn out really big and really good. We plant lettuce and basil, which we always turn into pesto. We have a really big chard crop every year as well.
I have loved broccoli since I was 4 years old and we grow that as well. This year we are growing cilantro, too. We even have mint leaves that we can turn into a really good tea. Later this afternoon I am planting rosemary for us to use in tomato sauce later this year.
I enjoy growing our garden and shopping in the market. We get to have fun and stay fit and healthy. I have learned important skills and information about food as well.
I also want to share a recipe with you.
My Favorite Salad
Ingredients: Lettuce, Tomato, Half a Cucumber, Olive Oil, Vinegar
How to make it:
1. Wash your lettuce, tomato, and cucumber half.
2. Cut your lettuce leaves into a bite size for your salad. Make sure you off cut all rotten parts of the leaves.
3. Cut the tops off of your tomato and then cut the tomato into slices.
4. Peel cucumber half and cut it into slices.
5. Put tomato slices, lettuce leaves, and cucumber slices in a salad bowl.
6. Season the salad with olive oil and vinegar.
PHOTO: Ana's homemade salad, using ingredients from her garden! (Photo Courtesy Ana Deluca-Mayne)