Monday, February 27, 2012
Nutrition in Today’s World: Sorry, It’s Not Just About You
Cooking and Eating the P. K. Way incorporates a lot more than traditional nutrition science – meaning, how what we eat impacts our individual health. To truly Play a Good Knife and Fork also requires considering how what we eat impacts the broader communities in which we live, local and global. A healthy degree of moderation and occasional indulgence also enter the mix, of course, as food is one of life’s great pleasures. This week’s posts will incorporate all of these sentiments as I write about my weekend in Manhattan, including various food outings and a trip to the Union Square farmers’ market.
Whether home or on holiday, shopping at farmers’ markets is a great way to support local businesses and reduce the food miles of your diet. It’s also one of the best ways to get the freshest foods onto your plate. I’ll bet you find things at your local market you can’t find anywhere else, too. Shopping at Boston’s winter markets has been such a joy this year, yielding surprises like local lobster and tender greenhouse lettuces beyond the expected root vegetables and winter squashes. (Winter salads be bland no more!)
As I began posting a few pictures from the farmers’ market in NYC to kick off the week’s travel pieces, I remembered I hadn’t yet highlighted London’s Borough Market from my visit in October. A few photographs of the market and its Queen do appear in my piece on Apple Day in London – worth checking out if you missed it – but following below is a slideshow to give you a better sense of the scene if you’ve not been.
Borough Market Slideshow: Produce and Beyond
Want to Read More on Farmers’ Markets?
Farmers’ markets come up frequently in my writing, as they are the main place I shop and inspire much of what I cook. A number of pieces below are dedicated to the topic. (And they are far more amusing than this post, I can assure you.) You can also click on the word “farmers’ markets” in the right-hand column of the home page to find more posts on the subject.
- Local Produce in February: Farmers’ Market Five
- Apple Day in London
- Black Friday for Foodies
- At the Copley Square Market (Literally)
- Come to the Garden (The Urban Farmers’ Market, That Is)
And, of course, try and find a farmers’ market near you. You won’t be sorry you did.