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Stacie Wells

Farmer’s Markets and Locally Grown Favorites

Several years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Before that, I was never one to eat a lot of healthy or organic food. French fries for lunch? Fine. Chick-fil-A for any meal of the day? You bet. Roasted vegetables, grass-fed meats, and kombucha? What in the world is that? Those things weren’t even in …

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Several years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Before that, I was never one to eat a lot of healthy or organic food. French fries for lunch? Fine. Chick-fil-A for any meal of the day? You bet. Roasted vegetables, grass-fed meats, and kombucha? What in the world is that? Those things weren’t even in my vocabulary, let alone on my plate. Since my diagnosis, I have found quite by accident that my body doesn’t really appreciate processed foods. As I slowly started removing those foods from my diet and adding locally sourced, nutritious replacements, strange things started to happen. I lost almost 100 pounds, my energy levels improved, and I wasn’t battling all of the inflammation that I had been before.

 

The Augusta Whole Foods Market quickly became my go-to drive-thru replacement, because it was just as easy to run in and grab a plate at their hot bar for lunch as it was to go through a drive-thru on my way to my next appointment. Then Whole Foods closed. The nearest one now (in case you’re interested) is 75 miles away in Columbia, SC. (and in case you’re looking, there’s a Trader Joe’s down the street from it.)

 

Where do I shop now? If you’re on the lookout for the best farmer’s markets and locally sourced food, here are a few favorites that I’ve come to rely on:

 

  1. The Saturday Market on the River – The Augusta Market is open every Saturday 8am-2pm during the spring, summer, and fall. 2017 dates are March 19th – November 26th. There are a variety of local vendors which usually include favorites such as East Georgia Produce, Clyde’s Fresh Produce, Adderson’s Fresh Produce, and Gurosik’s Berry Plantation. My favorite guilty pleasure here is fresh pork skins. Don’t judge.

 

  1. Good Earth Produce – I never leave here without a smile on my face. Great customer service, plenty of fresh produce, and unique local products such as farm fresh eggs, boiled peanuts, jams, and fresh breads.

 

  1. Tink’s Grass Fed Beef – my go-to for all things grass fed, including bones for bone broth and custom cuts of meat. Great customer service. You can order online, or pick up at any local markets that carry their items (currently at the Grovetown Market, but please email or message them for current locations)

 

  1. Augusta Locally Grown – the ultimate in convenience! Online farmer’s market where you pay a small annual fee to participate. Available items are posted on Friday at noon, and orders are taken throughout the weekend for pickup the following week in either Augusta or Evans.

 

  1. Earth Fare – my favorite big box grocery store. Friendly customer service, great bulk selection, and they usually have some pretty good sales in the meat case along with a BOGO weekend every couple of months.

 

Bottom line? I love helping people who are trying to find ways to work healthier options into their lives. Wanna grab a coffee (or kombucha) one day and chat? Message me! 706-945-7649 or stacie@staciewells.com