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Eating with Diabetes: Farmers' Market Fresh

by  David Mendosa
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Just because having diabetes means watching what we eat, doesn’t mean that we don’t care about food. Most of us in fact probably care too much.

The trick is to increase the quality so we can decrease the quantity. Getting the tastiest and freshest foods is the way to go.

And going to our local farmers market is the trip to make. Here in northeastern Colorado, where we are more than a mile high, fresh local fruit and vegetables are just now coming into season.

We haven’t had a farmers market here for almost half a year. So I am very much looking forward to the first one of this spring in a couple of days.

The Boulder farmers market is like other farmers markets around the country. They provide locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, gourmet cheeses and wines sold by the farmers who produce them.

Besides the good food, this weekly outdoor market is great entertainment. I generally don’t like crowds, and this the place where you will find the biggest crowds in Boulder. But everyone is so happy and unhurried that I don’t mind bumping into a baby stroller or two.

The Boulder farmers market is just one of 48 in Colorado. There are about 4,000 around the country, including 444 in California alone.

If you don’t know of a farmers market in your town or city, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’sAgricultural Marketing Service maintains as complete a directory as you could hope for. It’s on the Web.

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