Farmer’s markets with tomatoes, peaches and more

It’s time to get out and visit your local farmer’s market. You’ll find vegetables, fruit, flowers, cheese, meats, eggs and much, much more at a farmers’ market near you.

Why buy local? Why buy fresh?

  • Locally grown and produced foods are wonderfully fresh and delicious…..local farmers often pick and sell within 24 hours.
  • Buying local gives you freedom of choice for your health and nutrition….. you know where your food comes from.
  • You can try new and unusual produce…..just ask the farmer their favorite way of preparing what they grow.
  • Local farmers can offer produce grown for its great taste…..not grown to stay “fresh” on a supermarket shelf for days and days.
  • Buying local helps the environment…..on average conventionally grown food travels 2,000 miles from field to plate.
  • You can support family farmers….. each local food purchase helps keep your surrounding communities strong.

So grab your favorite shopping bag and visit a local farmers’ market or two. You’ll be amazed at what you will find.

It’s cold down there

I hadn’t visited a cave since I was really little and loved a recent trip to Luray Caverns in central Virginia. My breath was truly taken away by Mirror Lake in the caverns, where a few inches of water reflect the formations above it with such clarity that the lake appears to have no bottom. It is amazing!

We went a nice warm day, but I wished I had known to bring sweaters for the kids. I learned that caves stay consistently chilly since the earth insulates them. I had a wrap with me, but 10 minutes into the tour it was on my daughter and I was cold for the rest of the time.

I also learned that there is a serious problem is affecting and killing bats in caves in the eastern portion of the United States. I saw a request that visitors to caves should not wear the same clothes if they are planning to visit two different caves in one day. This is a small way to help keep bats healthy.

With caves and caverns in states across the country, it is easy to find one near you and take a trip down into a beautiful new, if not chilly, world.

 

Mirror Lake