Healthy Eating from Spokane Farmer’s MarketsTuesday, September 14th, 2010
Summer is wrapping up but it’s not too late to take advantage of the Spokane Farmer’s Markets that make their debut every season. We are lucky to have at least five Farmer’s Markets in the immediate Spokane area and many more in outlying areas such as Greenbluff and Coeur d’Alene.
In addition to the bounty of fruits and vegetables, Farmer’s Markets also offer an abundance of baked goods, fresh flowers, eggs, sometimes meat and fish, and crafts such as soap and candles. At many of the markets one can enjoy the music of local musicians as well.
A trip to a Spokane Farmer’s Market is a fun outing for the whole family. Lots of families arrive early in the morning for their first cup of coffee along with a fresh baked muffin or croissant. The crepe stand at the Liberty Lake Farmer’s Market is a favorite spot for Saturday breakfast and lunch.
Making your way through the array of vendors, you can pick up fruits and vegetables for the week, along with your dinner for that evenng. You can even pick out a floral bouquet for your table! Pick up some delicious tomatoes for a wonderful caprese salad. Nothing says summer like fresh tomatoes. Look for the pasta vendor at the Liberty Lake market. Add a loaf of delicious bread and perhaps some fresh strawberries or peaches for dessert.
Our Spokane Farmer’s Markets
Downtown Spokane Farmer’s Market
Where: New location for 2010 - 5th between Division and Browne, Spokane
When: Saturdays beginning May 15 from 8am - 1pm. Wednesdays beginning June 9 from 8am - 1 pm.
Millwood Farmer’s Market
Where: Millwood Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Rd, Spokane
When: Wednesdays beginning May 19 from 3 -7 pm.
Humble Earth Farmer’s Market
Where: 10505 Newport, Spokane
When: Sundays beginning June 3 from 10am - 3pm.
S. Perry Farmer’s Market
Where: 1317 E 12th, Spokane
When: Thursdays beginning sometime in June - from 3 - 7 pm
Liberty Lake Farmer’s Market
Where: 1421 N. Meadowood Lane, Liberty Lake
When: Saturdays beginning May 15 from 9am - 1pm
Fruits and Vegetables for Healthy Spokane Eating
Fruits and vegetables are key to our health. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, digestive problems, and some cancers.
Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. They are generally low in calories and fat and are a good source of fiber.
Vegetables, like fruits, are low in fat and contain good amounts of vitamin and minerals. All the green-yellow-orange vegetables are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, and vitamins B, C, A and K.
Exercise for Spokane Health
In addition to healthy eating, we all need a good exercise program in order to live a healthy life. Not many people are motivated to work out on their own. Gym memberships are expensive and too often people quit going after paying for a full year’s membership. An affordable and exciting program can be found at Physzique in Liberty Lake. Zach Hunt has developed a program for people of all ages and abilities. Take a look at this video to see what Zach is all about.
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