Eating Clean; Buying Fresh, Local Produce

Photo by Eileen B.
Photo by Eileen B.

POFP Volunteers Sue M. and Daisy V. at Winchester Farmers’ Market

 

Eating Clean is a phrase you hear more and more these days. Basically, it means avoiding harmful food additives and preservatives and being aware of the source of the things you eat.

In addition to limiting processed foods, drinking lots of water, and eating whole grains, Eating Clean means incorporating more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.

This time of year a trip to a local Farmers’ Market isn’t just a fun excursion, it’s also an easy way to buy natural foods that go from the grower to your table. Visiting a Farmers’ Market for your produce helps you avoid chemicals, preservatives, and unnecessary processing and packaging.

At a Farmers’ Market you can also see your neighbors, meet others in your community, and have a chat with a smiling Power of Flowers Project volunteer.

Power of Flowers Project is proud to set up a booth at some local Farmers’ Markets, where you can find out more about how POFP benefits others in your community. There you can see some sample POFP signature bouquets and take one home for a donation. Our signature bouquets are made from flowers recycled from one-time occasions such as weddings, memorials, banquets, etc. At the POFP workshop, volunteers disassemble and refresh donated flowers and turn them into small bouquets that are then delivered to nursing homes, hospitals, Meals on Wheels programs, veterans, senior centers… wherever there’s someone in need of a pick-me-up.

Here’s a list of some local Farmers’ Markets where Power of Flowers Project will be in the next few weeks:

TEWKSBURY, MA on Tuesday, August 7, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tewksbury Town Common at 1009 Main Street in Tewksbury
Tewksbury Farmers’ Market has provided fresh fruits, veggies, meats, flowers, organic Items, handmade arts and crafts, and children’s activities since 2013. The Farmers’ Markets in Tewksbury are held every Tuesday until October 10. For more information, visit them on Facebook.

CHELMSFORD, MA on Saturdays, August 11 and September 15, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
On the Common, 7 Academy Street, Chelmsford
In addition to live music and children’s activities the Chelmsford Farmers’ Market brings fresh local produce, locally crafted goods, piping hot delicious meals, and artisan treats to the community. The Chelmsford Farmers’ Market run every Saturday ‘ til September 15.
Visit Chelmsford Farmers’ Market on Facebook for a list of vendors and contact information.

TYNGSBORO, MA on Sundays, August 19 and September 30 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
214 Middlesex Road outside the First Parish Meetinghouse across from the green bridge in Tyngsboro, MA
At the Tyngsboro Farmers’ Market you’ll find fresh produce, handmade crafts, meat, and more.
Visit Tyngsboro Farmers Market on Facebook for directions and contact information.Photo by Rosemary B. Intingaro

ANDOVER, MA on Saturday, August 25, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
South Lawn of the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street, Andover
In addition to providing the community with freshly grown local produce and baked and prepared foods, the Andover Farmers’ Market offers educational programming and promotes healthy eating, local economies, sustainability, and community spirit.
Can’t make it on August 25? The Andover Farmers’ Market continues on Saturdays until October 20.
Get more information about the Andover Farmers’ Market on the Historical Society Website www.andoverhistorical.org or visit them on Facebook.

WILMINGTON, MA on Sunday, September 9, from 10.00 am – 1:00 pm
Swain Green across from the Town Common at 140 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington
Now in their 8th year, Wilmington Farmers’ Market Association is a group of volunteers dedicated to bringing a farmers’ market to the community every summer. There you’ll find fresh produce, plants, flowers, hay, beef, pork, maple and honey, artisan breads, herbs, and seafood. There will be more music and dance and activities than ever before. The Children’s Table is staffed each week with a volunteer who will help your youngsters with a fun craft.
The Wilmington Farmers’ Market will continue on Sundays until September 30.
Visit the Wilmington Farmers’ Market website at www.wilmingtonfarmersmarket.com for more information, a list of vendors, and an entertainment schedule.

WINCHESTER, MA on Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Winchester Common, Laraway Rd (Parallel to railroad tracks between the railroad and the Common)
Although you’ve missed the POFP booth, the Winchester Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday until October 27, 2018. So there’s still plenty of time to enjoy their music; baked goods and sweets; coffee and other drinks; cheeses, spreads, and yogurts; flavored oils, dips, jams, honey and maple syrup; meats, poultry, eggs, and fish; dog and cat treats; a knife sharpening service as well as fresh, local produce
For more information go to www.winchesterfarmersmarket.org

Fresh fruit, local vegetables, prepared foods, baked goods, arts and crafts, honey, music, children’s activities, flowers: come join the fun of a farmers’ market in your community AND drop by the Power of Flowers Project Booth.

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