“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Posted: June 22, 2013 in Food, Health, Photos
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“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
– Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

If you stay away from grocery stores, Michael Pollan’s admonitions become much easier to follow. Join me in my weekly Saturday morning trip to the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland for food, mostly plants. You can also get eggs, cheese, and grass-fed, no-antibiotic meat if you choose, local honey and much, much more. (All quotes are by Michael Pollan.)


“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”


“Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting.”



“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.”



“It’s all very Italian (and decidedly un-American): to insist that doing the right thing is the most pleasurable thing, and that the act of consumption might be an act of addition rather than subtraction.”



Of course there’s much more food and lots of other items at the farmers market as well, but you’ll have to stop by next Saturday to see what’s featured then (and all at no calories.)  If you don’t have a farmers market nearby, hang out in the produce section of your grocery store and avoid that aisle with all the processed products.

Thanks to Theadora Brack, one of my favorite bloggers, for asking for more from the farmers market and suggesting I make it a weekly feature.  If you love Paris a/o shopping, check out her blog at http://peopleplacesandbling.com/.

I notice that one of my other blogging friends (and an author), Hannah(Bittersweet), also went to the farmers market this weekend.  Delve into her delicious recipes as well while you’re there, http://bittersweetblog.com/2013/06/22/farmers-market-immersion/.

See you next weekend.  In the meantime, “Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants.”  And enjoy!

  1. Viveka says:

    Beautiful photos … I love all of it with a nice juicy piece of chicken … or firm piece of fish.
    Stuffed squash flowers is divine ….. and that cauliflower photo is so fantastic.

  2. You’re right. If you stay away from the supermarkets, it’s definitely easier to eat a healthier meal. We are rather blessed in South Africa, with an immense supply of fresh fruit and veggies.

    • We’re lucky because in the winter, our market goes indoors. Although there’s obviously not the variety in winter, some of the vendors are adept at having produce long into the winter and early in the spring, things such as lettuces, kale, root veggies, potatoes, etc. Of course the meat, cheese, eggs, etc. are season-less, although eggs sometimes slack off. Even chickens need a break, I guess. 🙂


  3. LFFL says:

    Great pictures of all the fresh produce.

  4. Bastet says:

    Oh these look so lovely…almost a shame to eat them. But those zucchini flowers are a great treat, we love them…do you eat mozarella cheese…if so, try those strawberries with mozzarella, basil, a little balsamic vinager and olive oil…a real treat!

  5. Blown away! Beautiful pictures.

  6. Looks delicious. I actually had fresh strawberries this morning with breakfast. It was a beautiful thing. 🙂

    • I love it when strawberries and raspberries are in season. I eat them as often as I can. Raspberries are available much longer than strawberries and the market berries are SO much better tasting than those from the supermarkets. Thanks for stopping by.


  7. summerstommy says:

    Great photos Janet. We have regular farmers markets over here as well and they are very popular. In fact many people get there early, really early to get the good stuff!!

    • That happens here, too, especially when the berries are in and also at certain stands. I’m always there early but often I spend a lot of time talking with vendors and just having fun.


  8. Some of my favorite quotes, mashed up with some beautiful fresh foods. Definitely words to live by, no matter you food philosophy! A perfect post to kick off the weekend. Thank you so much for the shout-out. Just another case of great minds thinking alike, it would seem. 😉

  9. mpejovic says:

    I enjoyed that book and all your food photos made me hungry! I love summer and the variety of fruit and vegetables.

  10. Oh I love Farmer’s Markets! We had a picnic yesterday with tomatoes from my Uncle’s stand at the Santa Fe Market and fresh goat cheese and bread from the booths next to him. It was a wonderful lunch.

    • There’s nothing quite as good as a real tomato. As for chevre, I sold it at our market for about half a year and loved it. The people I sold for make fabulous cheese and it was a blast to talk with customers and potential customers.


  11. Shainbird says:

    So appealing to the eyes and the palate, and even the mind! Just came back from a run and saw your blog, makes me feel good 🙂

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