Cabin Fever Reliever – Fresh Greens at Winter Farmers’ Markets

Winter Greens grown in Maine
Fresh local greens grown in Maine during the legendary winter of 2015.

Come in from the cold white snow and have some fresh green salad. It may still be wintry outside, but Maine’s Indoor Farmer’s Markets are warm, colorful, and a locavore’s feast. They are lush with fresh locally grown greens and storage vegetables, all natural meats and poultry, hand-crafted breads, baked goods, jams, condiments, teas, soaps, and country artisan wares. It is a great reason to get out of your hut and visit a local farmer, maker or baker, but be careful with those giant snow banks in the parking lot. Abundance is available year round in our Maine CSA’s and Farmers’ Markets. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and serves as a member share that allows communities direct access to locally grown produce from regional farmers. These wonderful local resources offer fresh healthful options that can uplift spirits and the body’s seasonal energy.

Eating locally grown and cultivated foods in season is the optimal way to eat-to-energize.
Especially fresh greens that are nutrient and flavor rich. Some lettuces are hydroponically grown and there are tasty cold hardy greens like spinach and kale that are grown in greenhouses, even in winter on the 44th parallel. All greens are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamin A. Kale is a powerhouse of vitamins C and K, and contains folate, a B vitamin that is essential to brain development. Spinach is loaded with the same strengthening vitamins and is a super rich source of antioxidants and minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. The ultimate green vitamin machine. Popeye had it right. When he ate his spinach it put the power in his punch that took care of that big bully Brutus. A little spinach may be the nutritional energy boost you need to get your creative mojo moving.

March is an annual time for food rituals and improving nutritional habits for the new season of growth ahead. Fasting and eating for strength is naturally empowering as our circadian rhythms enliven with the return of daylight savings and the vernal equinox on the 20th. This year on the first day of spring there is a total solar eclipse, and its a Super Moon, when the moon is closest to the Earth and in direct alignment with the Sun and Earth. This is a healing spring energy and a powerful opportunity for new beginnings and mind, body, spirit renewal. A diet with fresh, living food that is grown locally is a way to celebrate the season and emerge renewed. This week I’ve been enjoying hydroponic lettuces that are delicious and alive! I’ve stored the plants in glass vases with a bit of water and I’m savoring each yummy living leaf. They are beautiful to see in my sunny kitchen and they’re growing! It’s March magic as the snow melts off my old New England cabin, and me.

Forage for local, fresh food at your neighborhood co-op or at one of these great seasonal Farmers’ Markets in Maine.