The Farmers Market and the Real Food Pledge

From the frizzy headed drunken woman lettuce to the pasture raised multi-colored chicken eggs, Connecticut’s bounty beckoned at the Edgewood Park Market in New Haven.

Frizzy headed drunken woman (lettuce)

I was stocking up on produce, whole grain breads, and locally-raised meats in preparation for a Real Food mini-pledge, which starts tomorrow. The pledge involves eating whole grains, locally-raised meat, and homemade “real” food — food that your great grandmother would have recognized as a girl. If a “food product” is eaten, it should have no more than five ingredients, as a way to cut out a long list of unpronounceable additives.

Connecticut tomatoes

It was fun to walk around and talk to the farmers about their food. They took obvious pride in their offerings and were happy to answer any questions.

Edgewood Park Market, New Haven

What we purchased:

  • 3 whole wheat ciabatta loaves
  • 1 baguette
  • jar peach ginger jam
  • jar raw honey
  • 1/2 dozen eggs
  • quart sheep’s milk yogurt
  • lamb and white bean chili
  • 1/2 chicken
  • 1 lb. beef meatballs
  • 1 lb. lamb sausages
  • frizzy headed drunken woman lettuce
  • 6 tomatoes
  • a grilled cheese sandwich from The Cheese Truck

We spent about $80. I went and bought some additional groceries from the grocery store, and my food budget for the week wasn’t over what I usually spend.

Farmers’ market bounty

Do you try to avoid processed foods or factory-farmed meat?

Update: How to eat real food in 8 easy steps

#91: 101 things in 1001 days. Go to a farmer’s market.

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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8 Responses to The Farmers Market and the Real Food Pledge

  1. Heidi D. says:

    I need to visit our farmer’s market more often. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Harriet says:

    Ah I used to absolutley love going to farmers markets when I was younger! I loved seeing all the fruit and veg in different shapes and not the perfect round things that I’d see in the supermarket!
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  4. Angela says:

    I love the Farmer’s Market. This is my first year BEHIND the table selling soap. So the only thing I don’t see on your list of items bought is organic homemade soap 😉
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  6. David says:

    Very good and informative article. Thanks for the info.

  7. Rachel says:

    Looks like you had great success at your farmer’s market, the items in your last picture just look better! Better than a bunch of boxed food from the store, and it looks VERY healthy! Good luck on your pledge! Last year we weren’t impressed with our farmer’s maket, we found bugs on a lot of the produce, maybe we’ll have to give it a try this summer!

    Thanks again Marcy for linking up with Healthy 2day Wednesday last week! This weeks link up is now open, see you there! 🙂
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