Updated: Sep 16, 2019
This past weekend my family and I headed to the Hope Street Farmer’s Market in Providence, RI. I LOVE a good farmers market. Being surrounded by people who share a similar passion for real, healthy, pure, foods and a seemingly simpler way of life brings me joy.
We walked around soaking up the warm sun and the sounds of children playing. We chatted with the vendors, collected samples of yummy snacks, played on the playground, browsed the arts and crafts section and treated ourselves to some tasty ice cream, locally made protein bars and an array of fresh mushrooms. It was perfect! (Don't forget to check out our copy-cat recipe below!)
The farmers market embraces aspects that have been missing from our modern day, conventional food sources: The relationships, the community and honesty that once embodied our food experiences.
Throughout history humans have had a personal connection to the people providing their food – our ancestors knew the farmer, the cook or the baker. They were neighbors and friends. The lived together in the same community. They helped each other. The traded and bartered.
Today, when shopping at a grocery store we’re lucky if we even know what country our food came from. We know little to nothing about the person who prepared our food (if there was even a person at all) or the farmer who raised the animals that provide our meat. Our food has become void of comradery and of integrity due to a lack of connection. Companies producing our food are no longer honest and they sacrifice quality for profit. (Perhaps, when you don’t know the people you are serving and have no personal relation to them it’s easy to become apathetic.)
Not only do we lack connection to the people providing our food, but we no longer take the time to experience the fellowship that results from sharing our food with others. Throughout human history food has been a means of social connection. Food was shared with friends and family. Our ancestors built relationships over meals - they didn’t eat alone and work through their lunch break. Our forefathers celebrated with feasts… today many families are too busy to even share dinner together.
When it comes to food, we’ve forgotten the importance of relationships, community and honesty - and we’re missing out. We’re missing out on companionship and fellowship. We’re missing out on nourishing, whole foods that are made with love.
I believe the farmers market gives us a chance to reclaim what we have lost. I challenge you to slow down this week and connect with your food. Find a local farmer’s market and chat with the farmers and vendors. Enjoy the community and relationships. Delight in the pure, wholesome ingredients. Then, bring your 'harvest' home and share it with family and friends.
Food is nourishment for the body, but it's also so much more. It’s an expression of fellowship and connection…Food is a gift from God that can nourish your soul in the presence of community, family and friends.
(Find your local farmer’s markets at localharvest.org)
We loved the energy bars we got from Sweet Possibilities LLC so much that we were inspired to re-created our own version at home… and they’re DELISH! (You can pick up Sweet Possibilities energy bars at local your Providence RI Whole Foods Market or online at sweetpllc.com)
Here’s the recipe…
Almond Butter Energy Bars:
¼ Cup Organic Almonds
¼ Cup Organic Pumpkin Seeds
¼ Cup Coconut Flakes
1 Cup Almond Butter
4 Ounces Alovitox Yacon Syrup (or local honey)
2 tbsp. Ghee
1 tbsp. Gelatin
1. Process almonds in food processor for a couple seconds. Add pumpkin seeds and processes for a few more seconds. Add coconut flakes and process until you have a coarsely chopped mixture
2. Add almond butter, yacon syrup, ghee and gelatin and mix thoroughly.
3. Spoon mixture into an 8 x 8-inch dish. Place parchment paper over the mixture and press evenly into the dish.
4. Freeze for 1 hour
5. Remove from freezer and cut into 12 4” x 1.33” bars (approximately)
6. Wrap in parchment paper
*Best when stored in fridge during the summer months
(They’re a little sticky, but so yummy and packed full of healthy stuff! If you'd like them a little less sticky leave out the ghee.. but you'll be missing out on some great flavor and nourishment.)