Stay Healthy By Eating Fresh Produce From a Local Winston-Salem Farmers Market!
The food and beverages we put into our body can have a big impact on our health. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you feel like you might be coming down with something, or you’re just looking to stay in tip-top shape, your first stop should be one of the many Winston-Salem, North Carolina farmers markets.
Cobblestone Farmers Market Downtown and Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market
This farmers market has two locations, and each offers an incredible variety of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, goat milk, meat, homemade soaps, and more from local producers. Check out Chad’s Chai and Tea Company for ginseng or green teas, which can help nip a cold in the bud. Find them at the Cobblestone Farmers Market Downtown in the Arts District every Tuesday from 3:30 pm – 6 pm. The Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market is every Saturday morning from 9 am – noon at the intersection of West Street and Salt Street. There, you can pick up some pasture-raised chicken breast from Winstead Farm; it’s chock-full of protein to increase your metabolism and make you feel fuller longer.
Dixie Classic Fairgrounds Farmers Market
This is the oldest market in the county, and it’s open every Saturday at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. There are always events going on like the salsa contest or the corn-shucking contest, and you can buy a wide variety of crafts and food products, including handmade baskets, bouquets, fresh breads, and more! Don’t forget to pick up some carrots; they contain lots of carotenoids, which can help prevent skin cancer. The Dixie Classic Fairgrounds Farmers Market opens early (hours are 6 am – 1 pm), so it’s perfect for early risers.
Reynolda Village Farmers Market
The Reynolda Village Farmers Market takes place from April to October on the lower lawn of Reynolda Village (2201 Reynolda Road). Stop by on Fridays between 8:30 am and 11:30 am to pick up some leafy greens like spinach and romaine lettuce. Leafy greens contain lutein, and people who consume the most lutein are 43% less likely to develop macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss as we age.
Piedmont Triad Farmers Market
The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market is in Colfax, just outside of Winston-Salem, but it’s worth the short drive! The market is open every day, from 7 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday and 10 am – 6 pm on Sundays, so if you need to throw together a fresh, delicious meal last minute, this is the place to go! Raspberry season is coming up in September and October, so be sure to get a pint. These berries contain anthocyanin, which helps stabilize your blood sugar so you feel less irritable throughout the day. Check out this chart from NC Agriculture to see what else is in season!
Even the healthiest eaters can fall prey to a nasty bug or illness. If you’re suffering from allergies, the flu, a cold, a sore throat, or any other non-emergency health condition, come to FastMed in Winston-Salem. We have clinics on Old Country Club Road and South Stratford Road. Stay tuned for the grand opening of our brand new clinic on University Parkway, coming in October 2014!