Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

Sweet or savory, vegan or meaty, raw or not, local farmers markets offer something for everyone to enjoy. Farmers markets are great for you, the environment and the farmer. You can buy great produce that's locally grown, you can find out exactly how the vegetables are grown and how the meat is produced. There is no plastic packaging and the food is filled with nutrients. The bottom line is you are reconnecting with nature by knowing where your food is coming from. When visiting a farmers market, think about a rainbow on your plate. Buy foods rich in color. Reds like tomatoes, are filled with lycopene, they'll keep your heart healthy. Yellows and oranges like peppers help keep your eyes strong, and whilst not vibrant in color, don't underestimate white and brown vegetables; garlic for example is filled with antioxidants. Now, dessert is usually the best part of any meal. But leave out the junk and go for berries instead. They are not only delicious, but are also low in fat, carbs, and calories, and high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Berries help improve your overall health; they help prevent dangerous disease such as cancer and heart problems. And have been know to slow down the aging process. Blueberries for example are an antioxidant superpower, making them a formidable weapon against free-radicals that can lead to cancer, heart disease, and other age-related diseases. Bottom line is buying locally grown food supports nearby farmers, and greatly reduces the energy and resources needed to transport and store foods. To find a farmers market near you visit www.tfmn.ca.