Shopping at farmers markets and roadside stands are great ways to meet farmers and ask questions about how the food was produced. Don’t be surprised if the farmers are able to give you great ideas for recipes with the ingredients they have for sale. They take this food home and feed it to their families also. It is important to understand that all food in agriculture is not created equal, it is known that high quality fruits and vegetables can contain up to 1,000 times more nutrition than low quality produce. “So When your are shopping at the farmers markets or roadside stands make sure your are shopping from Revolutionary soil farmers that will use practices that will sustain not only your health but the environment.
“Know your farmers goals, what do they want to become? Are the vegetables firm and do they have flavor? Growers with a focus on flavor have the mindset of doing what they have to in order to achieve that business model and it correlates well with what Mother Nature has in mind”
We started in vegetable production because we were driven by a passion for growing vegetables, working in the great outdoors and having the freedom of being business owners. We quickly caught on that customers at the farmers market and our roadside stand were noticing our produce to be of top quality. Most importantly comments on flavor being the reason customers kept coming back to us at the farmers market. We had noticed farmers who were in agriculture much longer than we had, didn’t have the flavor and shelf life. We had quality and customers were beating a path to our door. This is because we did not follow the conventional form of agriculture, we are soil farmers. Mother Nature controls agriculture and soil farmers help make sure the environment is in balance for the soil biology to help create life in the soil.
What are we doing different? We were doing everything right and sometimes the answers are just that simple!” ….Healthy Soils…….Healthy Plants……..Great Produce……Health Benefits 🙂
When shopping for produce at the farmers market, you want to purchase mineral dense foods that were grown on balanced mineralized soil. This means the farmers replace the minerals in the ground that previous crops have taken up according to a soil analysis. Next time you are at the farmers market Ask your farmer if they have a soil test on hand or if they can bring one next time they are at market!
Our taste buds respond to the minerals and the flavor proves it point. The quest is for high brix produce and this can vary from plant quality, healthy plants produce healthy food. Farmers who have balanced soils have healthier plants with less disease and insect infestation, eliminating the use of sprays. We believe mother nature is in control of agriculture by sending signals that sick plants are telling us this food is not ideal for consumption. Agriculture faces many weather challenges, but healthy garden soils that are balanced will help farmers make it through adverse challenges.
“Find a farmer at the Farmers Market with a vision you have for your health”
Nutrient dense foods are visually appealing and if vegetables are grown with sufficient calcium levels they tend to have a firm feeling. The extended shelf life on nutrient dense fruits and vegetables will be a shock to those who have never been exposed to truly nutrient dense foods. High quality produce does not rot but it will dehydrate, we have had experience with tomatoes lasting more than 5 weeks. A common question that we are asked as farmers, “was this picked this morning?”
When high quality produce is picked is does not loose mineral content even if the produce is not eaten before it starts to dehydrate, but it can loose some of its vitamin content. Vitamins control the body’s use of minerals and without proper minerals there is no job for vitamins, without minerals the vitamins are useless.
When purchasing shares in community supported agriculture (CSA), dollars will go a lot farther if the correct farmer is selected. Find farmers who believe what you believe! Nutrient dense foods come from farmers who remineralize their soils, biological soil programs, and most importantly soil farmers who have the Nutrition Mission. Management practices are the most important aspect when growing high brixs produce. Farmers who take the extra time to foliar feed minerals through the leaves of their plants usually see a nutritional increase because the plants are given a extra boost of energy to bring more minerals into the crop at key physiological points in crop development with soils that have proper nutrient cycling.
Healthy crops are resistant to many challenges in agriculture including frost protection. Many farmers each year in the midwest loose crops to late frost, high quality plants extend the growing season for many farmers with high brix plants not being killed in some instances until 17 degrees. This allows the farmers to pack CSA boxes later in the season and protect their crops from an early frost. Agriculture throws many challenges at vegetable farmers that are stressful on crop production. When plants are stressed they are not growing the most nutritional food possible.
Nutrient dense foods are not easily found but their is more of it than you are aware, having the knowledge to know it does exist will fuel ones search on the quest to find foods for a healthy diet. The benefits from eating nutrient dense foods will produce long term results far superior to medical treatment. Make sure you support soil farmers who are in charge of keeping agriculture sustainable for the plant.