Still behind on profiling my outfits, but at least I’m catching up.
When my parents came to visit Michigan, we took them to the Russell Street Deli, which is our Saturday morning haunt, where we regain our strength and sustenance before we jaunt out into the hustle and bustle that is the Detroit Eastern Farmer’s Market.
The Eastern Market is the largest public farmers market shopping district in the United States. Open since 1891, the Market is home to over 150 local Michgan and Ontario farm vendors offering all kinds of food fare. Some of the Midwest’s finest feature their fare and wares here. On any given Saturday there are close to 30,000 people browsing, bartering and buying at the market. The market is home to many restaurants, delis, cafe’s whole sale grocers and crafts-people.
We come here almost every Saturday to buy our week’s worth of produce. We usually end up with two week’s worth of greens for less than $40. And most of it is eco-conscious. We buy from local farms, which help sustain local businesses and ensures jobs in our area, and keeps our local economy from failing. Buying local also means cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions, because food is shipped over a shorter distance, rather than being exported from international food farms, like Costa Rica or Brasil. Local farms usually practice organic farming techniques, which cuts down on the harmful pesticides used to grow crops. Such pesticides and chemicals are used to insure freshness for foods to be shipped over long distances. These chemicals end up in our water supply, lakes and streams, which harms the wildlife in the ecosystems. Organic farming also insures that the people working the farms end up with fewer lung and overall health problems.
The weather that day was quite cold… so I was layered up. Had to wear the beret again, because, well, heat escapes from the cranium, so I did my best to keep it in!