Summertime is a great opportunity is to enjoy access to fresh food. Here in Berks County, locally grown food is abundant and available at area farmer’s markets and stands. A complete listing of seasonal and year-round markets and stands is available here.
The Penn Street Market is held in Reading every Thursday this summer from 10-2. The Food Trust is also at the Penn Street Market providing interactive demonstrations and food samples throughout the day. The Antietam Valley Farmers Market , is held in Carsonia Park on Saturday’s from 8:00-12:00 year round. West Reading also hosts an open air market on Sundays May through October in the 500 block of Penn Ave. from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Purchase some fresh food and follow these suggestions to get your family to eat more fresh meat, fruits and vegetables, and less pre-packaged, processed foods. Try “rebranding ” delicious veggies as this article suggests.
- Describe the food in an indulgent, decadent way. As an example, “Juicy, luscious sweet cherries” sounds appealing and appetizing.
- Have fun competing to find the prettiest, smallest, largest fresh veggies to take home to try.
- Label food in a healthy positive way rather than a restrictive manner. “Suzie Sweet Pea” has had a way into the bellies of more children than simply telling kids the sweet peas are good for them.
- Go head to head in a friendly cook-off competition with family and friends for the most flavorful recipe. Invite others to taste test and name the winner of a Veggie Cook-off competition.
- Get the most of the experience, be mindful while enjoying the flavor and textures of the foods you are eating.
Fresh fruits and vegetables abound. Get out there, visit a local market or stand, prepare some fresh foods and enjoy the moments of pleasure they provide!