Farmers Market Shopping

Shopping at Your Local Farmer’s Market 

A few ideas here may be helpful.


First  there is a trick to know which greens are best to use for salads and smoothies. The longer greens will stay fresh in the refrigerator, in a plastic bag, without getting slimy, the better.  Wild grown green leaves, if you pluck a few leaves and put them in a plastic bag, will last indefinitely. I tried this, and after 6 months of waiting for it turn to slime, took it out and threw it away.  Good quality greens, like slow-growing herbs and wild greens, are highly mineralized and deeper rooted – these will last longer in the refrigerator. But it takes a lot of time and skill to gather wild greens for eating.

Buy greens from the farmer whose greens last the longest before they go bad in a plastic bag. I can usually find greens that will keep fresh for two weeks, no spoilage. Compared to wild greens, that is nothing, but it is the best I have found so far.

Second buy organic nuts in the shell, or if you buy shelled nuts, ask the farmer how fresh they may be. In health food stores, we really have no way of knowing how fresh or how rancid shelled nuts may be. And organic nuts in the shell are hard to find. The body needs that kind of fresh and non-rancid oil.

Third use your magic X-ray vision (pretend you are Superman), imagination or heart-felt intuition when deciding what and where to buy fresh produce. A newborn fawn will nibble only healthy greens. A poisonous plant it will avoid. How does it know? Aren’t we more evolved than a baby deer? We have the same power to know, by a mere glance or a sniff or even a questioning thought, what is good for me, what will help me, and what will not. When I first heard about this, I thought: “Yes, it is probably true, but it is not a thing that I would be able to do, realistically speaking.” And then another thought came: “Why don’t you just pretend that you have this ability and see what happens, act on any little imaginative day-dream hint or intuitive prompting that comes up in the moment.” So I began to do this.

At first I did not trust this facility, as it seemed rather tentative and unreliable. Yet I did get little intuitive hints about what I needed to buy. The more I began to trust these, the better it was for me. Finally, I could walk down the Farmer’s Market Isle, without pausing, and know which booths (on my return walk) I would be shopping at. I would test this later, to see if my choices were really the best, and in every instance, they were. This can also work at the supermarket. Maybe your body needs minerals found in the soil of Greece, and as you pass a can of Greek olives, you know that can is for ME. You just know. But if you keep ignoring the inner hints, you’ll lose what ability you may have. But doing like I did, in my opinion, can revive that.

Fourth get to know the farmers. Visit with them and ask questions. They can teach us much. We need to support those people. As well, plants can be happy or sad. They may be well fed and tended, but because their owner has a negative disposition, the plants are unhappy. This type of thing cannot be hidden from the intuition. All things being equal, far better to buy produce from the farmer who has a ready smile, who serves you cheerfully, who can tell jokes and laugh. But then again, a dour face, which often can hide an inner mirth, should not deceive us.

Fifth  bigger is not necessarily better. Because of GMO, hybridization and engineering of crops, we have bigger apples, bigger oranges, cherries that stay crisp even as they get spoiled, and even bigger spinach bunches than is probably natural. We have to get educated about such things. Google “Non-Hybrid Plants” and “wild plants vs. cultivated plants” etc. In Brazil, there still exist wild orange trees in certain areas. These oranges are full of seeds, small like golf balls, but the sweetest, tastiest, most nutritious and highly mineralized oranges you will ever eat. So friends from Brazil have told me. A fruit or vegetable that has been grown in soil with residues of artificial fertilizer, will grow bigger and faster than otherwise. This does not mean healthier. We want deeper rooted, more highly mineralized (which often means less sweet), slower growing and smaller fruits and vegetables, such as our ancestors consumed, before they were corrupted by modern farming practices.

Sixth  insect marks, dark spots, smaller or misshaped fruits or vegetables may not be a bad thing. Supermarkets have unduly influenced our sense of what is healthy produce; we are used to seeing produce that is gigantic, flawless, and sparkling clean. But these plants are also nearly totally empty of real nutrition and healthy minerals and enzymes and proteins. Remember, the more the hybridization of a plant, the more it will be bigger, faster growing, smooth and beautiful, but with no minerals and no nutrition and MORE sugar, since that is the whole point of hybridized fruits and vegetables: the sweeter they are, the better they sell.  Artificial fertilizers are designed to make plants grow faster and bigger and with smooth skin with no blotches, but this does not mean healthier, quite the contrary. Keep an open mind. Let your intuition and taste buds make that decision. Remember, if there are no insects, it is because poison spray was used. If the bugs do not want it, why should we? A plant that grows slowly, and is more mineralized and substantial, will be more prone to get misshapen by some happenstance of wind or weather or insect bite.

Bananas from the 1950’s had 6 times more protein than today. Back then it was much easier to be nourished on fruits and vegetables, and on less food, but today we need to have gigantic meals with meat and eggs and fish for protein, unless we are very clever. I myself DID have to get very clever and it meant using more raw foods, while avoiding sweet fruits (which will destroy the benefits of a raw diet) using superfoods, and using green smoothies – by such devices I have been able to function very well for years, as a Vata-Pitta, fast burner, O+ blood type. Usually people like me need LOTS of protein and MUST eat beef regularly to stay grounded. The ancient Romans ate one main meal a day: at midday. It was considered gluttony to eat more than that. For sure, the food they were eating was MUCH more nutritious that what we can ever find in a supermarket. A Roman who time-travelled to America today, would also have to eat 3 meals a day to feel nourished, I am convinced of it. It has to figure that way. So whatever you buy at the Farmer’s Market won’t compare to what our ancestors had. But the farmers there all know that, and they are all striving to go back to the old ways.

 Seventh buy crisp, organic apples that are a little bit tart. That tart flavor is malic acid, and it used to be that most apples were much more tart than what we have today. Malic acid will dissolve liver stones. It can help keep us healthy. Yes, an apple a day will keep the doctor away, if that is a crisp, fresh and tart apple.  

Eighth It is fair game to ask friendly questions:

  • How long have you been organic?
  • How close are you to a freeway or large highway?
  • Are there neighboring farms, non-organic, which spray poison? Does that spray get on your crops?
  • How was the land used before you took over, how many years was it sprayed?
  • Has your produce been tested?
  • If you are not organic, why not?
  • Are your chickens or cows free range? What do they eat? Do you also feed them commercial meal or feed?  Doesn’t the commercial feed have chemicals that prevent the formation of healthy egg yolk oils, which are perishable?
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