For years, eating my daily five fruits and vegetables seemed like a chore. I was brought up on boiled frozen vegetables, served with butter. Since I constantly struggled with my weight, I would force myself to eat plain raw broccoli and tough tasteless carrots. I searched for foods that were healthy and delicious, trying many, many diets and cuisines. A few years ago I found the answer in my own back yard: not literally (because I do not have a garden), but close by at the local farmers’ markets.
[1. Veggie Postcards by Domesticresignation 2. Freshwater Pearls by VirginieMartinStudio 3. Popeye Can by xBOHx 4. Vintage Broccoli Sign from Grandmothersattic 5. Eat Your Greens Pencil Set by Thecarboncrusader ]
I had a spinach salad for the first time when I was in my twenties. I thought the tender green leaves were delicious, and had to ask what they were.
[1. Real Orange Earrings by Realfruitjewelry 2. Winter Fruit Print by Clairenereim 3. Vintage Swedish Fruit Knives from Europeanmodern 4. Blueberry Soap by RockyTopSoapShop 5. Cherry Headband by PearlsandSwine]
The seasonal apples and strawberries of my youth gave way to fruit grown in all parts of the world. I had a hard time guessing what would be flavorful.
Shopping for seasonal, local food at the grocery store became more and more difficult. Back then, even my local farmers’ market had sellers who bought fruit and vegetables wholesale, then turned around and resold them. Oranges are definitely not local to Virginia.
Times changed. I began including the environmental cost in selecting my fruit and vegetables. I joined a fruit CSA and now buy all my food from the many genuine farmers’ markets that have sprouted all over Richmond. If I simply eat what I purchase, it is easy to have my daily five, or six, or eight.
What are your favorite fruits and vegetables?
Cate Fitt, a.k.a. knitfitt, has been a member of Etsy since 2007 and is an experienced critic, curator and juror. She earned her MFA in fiber in 1978, later receiving an artist’s fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Through the years, she’s been a maker of one-of-a-kind hand-painted clothing, pottery, jewelry, and linocut and monotype prints. She lives in a little house close to the James River with two whippets named Moose and Peach.