A trip to the farmers market does more than put some fresh veggies on the table. Farmers' markets benefit:
* The community: Fresh, nutritious foods are scarce in urban communities, and farmers' markets provide easy access to food, and promotion of nutrition education, wholesome eating habits and better food preparation.
* You: Citizens gain access to locally grown, organic, farm-fresh produce and other goodies, and the chance to personally interact with the farmer who grows it.
In addition to supporting farmers by shopping at farmers' markets, there are other ways to vote for family farming with your dollar. For example, you can support the Organic Heroes campaign, a partnership between Organic Valley, the nation's largest farmer-owned cooperative, and Nature's Path, North America's number one maker of organic cereal, benefiting the Rodale Institute. Here's how it works: when you purchase one Organic Valley product and one Nature's Path product, and then mail in both proofs-of-purchase, you'll receive a free, one-year subscription to Organic Gardening magazine and a chance to win a year of free breakfasts (organic milk and cereal). Both companies will contribute $1 each for every proof-of-purchase mailed in (up to $50,000) to the Rodale Institute's Farmers Can Be Heroes program, an outreach program designed to portray organic family farmers as heroes and offer farmers the resources and tools they need to transition to organic farming.
Omelet with Fresh Spinach, Feta and Olives
Recipe courtesy of Terese Allen, for Organic Valley Family of Farms.
12-16 ounces fresh organic spinach
2 tablespoons bottled Greek dressing or homemade vinaigrette flavored with oregano
1/2 cup coarsely chopped black Greek or Kalamata olives
8-12 large Organic Valley eggs
1-2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 ounces Organic Valley feta cheese, crumbled
Freshly ground pepper
Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200-degree oven while you prepare additional omelets.
Photo credit Terese Allen, 2009
Courtesy of Family Features
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