Shopping at the Farm Market can be a nutritional habit


By Katrina Bush - For the Record-Herald



It’s interesting to do a bit of study into the meaning of “habit” (the behavior…not the clothing!), of which there are the “bad” and “good” varieties. There is a possibility that the phrase “creature of habit” evolved from that of “creature comfort” —with habits bringing comfort. Habits are learned and by definition occur mostly at the subconscious level, and thus can be difficult to change.

How we shop and eat can certainly be habitual. We must eat to live, but do we remember what we just ate and what made it special? Was there perhaps a meal or dish consumed sometime in the past week which was especially memorable and delicious? For me, this past week’s highlight has been fresh sliced tomato with basil leaves, thin slices of mozzarella, and a drizzle of good olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Produce which has been picked from your own garden or within hours of purchase has the best flavor and typically higher nutritional value. That is one of the reasons farm markets have such a wide appeal….the food is local, grown by a “neighbor,” but most importantly, better tasting than other available produce, and thus, special. The farm market also affords the opportunity for the adventurous to step outside of their “comfort zone,” and try something new, as a sample or as a small purchase.

The Wednesday Fayette County Farm Market runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the TSC parking lot (1650 Columbus Ave.) in Washington Court House. This location provides easy access to vendors and parking. SNAP EBT food benefit cards, Senior Farm Market coupons and credit/debit cards are accepted. Those using the SNAP EBT card for produce receive matching dollar VeggieSNAP tokens ($1 for $1) for additional fruits and vegetables. So,”buy one, get one” for fruit and vegetables, up to $10 EVERY market day.

The following vendors have indicated that they plan on selling this Wednesday and other vendors may participate as well:

D.J.’s Farm (Dennis Anschutz): Baked goods and seasonal produce.

Forgotten Way Farms (Cathy Ludi): DoTERRA essential oils, homemade soap, laundry detergent concentrate, bath salts and bombs, balms, wooded decor, and homemade organic vanilla extract.

Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon and Taylor Jones): Green beans, red potatoes, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, pork chops, sausage patties, ground pork, sweet Italian links, jalapeño links and chicken breast.

King Farms (Jeff and Sandi King): Sweet corn, green beans, beets, onions and homemade fruit pies.

This and That (Mary Ford): Garden and home crafts (coasters, mug rugs, aprons, OSU items, jewelry, and NEW summer goose dresses), baked goods (pineapple upside down cake, apple butter bread, peanut butter fudge).

Windflower Farm (Elaine Anschutz): Various baked goods and treats, culinary mixes, catnip, lavender, crafts, dog treats, info on FCDS.

B.Y.E Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): Tomatoes, candy onions, cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage, purple cabbage, popcorn, sunflowers, peanut butter cookies, cinnamon rolls.

Chilcote Farms (Bruce and Marlene Chilcote): Honey, caramels, cookies, zucchini bread, small cakes and apple crumb pie.

Katrina Bush is a vendor with the Fayette County Farm Market.

By Katrina Bush

For the Record-Herald