Total Body Wellness: Freshen up Your Plate

Total Body Wellness: Freshen up Your Plate
Summer is one of the best times to discover all this city has to offer in terms of produce. Read on for some insider tips as to where to get the best stuff.

The average carrot travels 1,838 miles to get to your plate.


That brings up a number of issues, including the cost and energy used to transport food, the loss of nutrients in the food itself and the failure to support our local food economy. So let's discuss some solutions for getting the vegetables we need to eat in a way that's great to get them.


During the time it takes to get food off a farm and onto your dinner plate, it loses nutrients. So the most nutrient dense vegetables you can eat are either right in your own back yard or down the road at a farmers' market. If you're interested in starting your own garden, big or small, there are a couple resources out there that can be a huge help. One is a book called Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew.


Another good option for farm fresh vegetables is through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). In a CSA, you pay at the beginning of the season for a share of the harvest. During the length of the season you receive food. While there is some risk involved if the farm has a bad season, the converse is also true: If there is a great season, you'll end up with lots of produce. Check with your local farm to see if they offer a CSA.


Two local delivery services are basically online farmers' markets — Farm Fresh Delivery and Nature's Garden Delivered. Both Web sites make it simple to pick your produce and order directly from them and have it delivered right to your door. I have clients who currently use these services and have reported that they are thrilled with the online convenience of ordering and the ease of not trekking to the grocery store every week. (For more information about Nature's Garden Delivered, check back next week for a full story in our health section.)


Finally, if you haven't been to a farmers' market yet this year, it's time to get up and go. You'll experience a real sense of community that's awesome to see. Bring cash, reusable bags and as many questions as you want to ask. Here are a few of the farmers' markets you need to check out:

Farm Market of College Hill

Thursdays, 3-6 p.m.


Findley Market

Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m.

Hyde Park

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.



Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.



Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-noon


West Chester

Saturdays, 9a.m.-1 p.m.



Ashley Berlin -

Ashley Berlin is the health and fitness columnist for Cincy Chic and the owner of BEAT Personal Training in West Chester. Want more information about something you read here? Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Read More >>

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