RULE: Shop Farmer’s Markets

As I kid, I remember my friend Kendall’s dad getting up super early on Saturdays to go a “farmer’s market”. I wasn’t’ familiar with this term or this place that was 40 miles away; and I certainly couldn’t fathom why someone would set an alarm to wake up before the sun, to drive an hour to this ‘farmer’s market’ just because they had ‘the best tomatoes’.  To an adolescent, that’d be like canceling a day of summer break to get up early to go the dentist to buy toothpaste.  It didn’t make sense.

But I now know better.

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Now, let’s be clear, I’m not setting my alarm for these excursions, but I do love going to farmers markets! They are social, bright, vibrant clusters of people who care about their health, their community and supporting the farmers who work so hard to grow the most deliciously wonderful food, that you cannot find in grocery stores. The produce at farmers markets really does taste BETTER!  I love seeking them out when I travel.  It’s a great way to explore a city and see the locals.

Usually they occur on Saturday mornings (and I may or may not be hung over) usually there is music and there are almost always SAMPLES! Don’t mind if I do!

The food is better, less expensive and it’s just a cool thing to do with your weekend!

So I encourage you to seek out markets near you and buy your produce there regularly.

(The picture here is from a market in Split, Croatia, a bit of a commute, but lovely and delicious just the same!)

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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