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4 Smart Reasons to Shop at Your Local Farmers Market

Some people look forward to baseball in the spring. Others look forward to flowers in bloom. I’m a chef, so naturally I’m ready for farmers market season!

One of the most exciting things about the coming of spring is the re-opening of farmers markets here in Delaware. Your local farmers market is THE place to find that fresh produce you’ve been craving all winter long. Berries, spinach, stone fruit…ah, I can’t wait!

Beyond the food, farmers markets provide so much to the local community. From fair price points to neighborhood gardens and everything in between, there are so many reasons I shop at farmers markets for my family and my clients:

Quality
The best meals start with the best ingredients—and small farmers truly care about reducing waste, eliminating chemicals and treating animals ethically. Sometimes, they can’t afford organic or humane labels, but are every bit as conscientious (if not more) than their industrial counterparts. Talk to your farmers to learn more about their farming practices. They’re always happy to help!

Savings
Did you know that shopping for seasonal food (at the farmers market or grocery store) could actually save you money? This is because in-season ingredients are more abundant. It’s simple supply and demand. The more you have the less you charge. Plus, if your food doesn’t have to go far, purveyors can cut down on travel expenses. This is better for your wallet and the environment.

Community
Local farmers markets often support local communities. At the Southbridge Popup Farmers Market, you’ll find chemical-free and discounted produce. As an added bonus, all proceeds support the market and community garden. Do some research to learn more about giveback campaigns and volunteer opportunities at farms in your area.  

Health
If you stop and think about it, eating seasonal food just makes sense! There’s a reason we naturally crave soups and stews to keep us warm in the winter, just as we crave light salads and fruit in the spring and summer to keep us cool and energized. Eat in accordance with nature and you’ll have all the nutrients you need to stay healthy.

Ready to start shopping?

Throughout April and May, look for:
• Asparagus
• Artichokes
• Fava beans
• Peas
• Spinach
• Rhubarb
• Radishes
• Any other local favorites!

Don’t have time to get your family to the farmers market? I’ll bring all the fun and seasonal food right to your table with my Delaware-based personal chef services. Contact me, and let’s talk!

How a Personal Chef Saves You Money

When I tell people I’m a personal chef, I often hear the following: “Wow! I’m not rich enough to afford that kind of service.”

It’s an understandable reaction. Most people assume that having a chef prepare customized meals for them, especially on a regular basis, would break the bank. Unless they happen to be a professional sports player or movie star.

I have good news: personal chef services aren’t actually as expensive as they seem!

Let’s break down the numbers so I can show you what I mean.

Say you and your family of four eat out 7 times a week—a few times for lunch and a few times for dinner. At an average meal price of $15 per person, plus tip, that amount would be around $510. Let’s also add that $250 you just spent on groceries for the week, back when you thought you’d have more time to cook.

Add the time cost of driving to the restaurant, waiting for your food, and then waiting for the check (for each meal you eat out!), and you may realize you’re not saving much by eating out all the time.

Now say you hire a personal chef to cook those meals instead. No need to worry about tax or tip. And the time savings alone are worth the price—how heavenly it is to open the refrigerator and find dinner already prepared, ready to quickly heat and serve!

The best part? The meals are made from scratch, infinitely healthier than restaurant fare, and tailored to your taste preferences and food allergies. No need to compromise your intentions to eat healthier. No more rotting vegetables in the fridge—and that means grocery savings, too. By the way, did you know that according to the United Nations Environment Programme [http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/food_waste_the_facts] 30-40% of the US food supply is wasted? That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person, per month!

Most of the people who say they can’t afford a personal chef direly need one. They don’t have time to cook. They want more time around the table with the family. They have food allergies that don’t allow them to eat at restaurants. They end up throwing out half the groceries they buy at the end of the week. All of these problems become non-issues with help from a personal chef.

If you’ve been wanting to hire a personal chef but thought it was out of your budget, we need to talk. About the Table is committed to bringing you and your family together at the dinner table for more connection and conversation over delicious, home-cooked meals. Visit our Personal Chef page for more information and sample menus, or contact us to find a meal plan that works for you.