What is green and green, and green all over, and naturally gluten-free? A farmer's market. Although in point of fact, it's rather a rainbow, especially when the Atlas Farm booth in Copley Square is budding with bursts of heirloom gold, red, and pink beets, and the multi-hued carrots.
Itook a jaunt down the line to the Copley Square farmer's market and Boston Public Market, for now there is food in Boston that isn't shipped in.
And the cheapest, safest, and most satisfying food I've ever eaten as a girl with celiac, or otherwise, is that fresh-picked, gluten-free good from my local community.
I love Beantown for its wealth of local resource, and sense of pride and ownership in community. It's an attitude that feeds into natural support for me, and fellow celiacs -- who know the food is safe because they know the purveyors, and the cooks, and the sources; who also know they're known by the cooks, farmers, and purveyors. This is better than safe, it's nourishing, emotionally and physically.
|Connie, from Corner Stalk Farm, groes greens all year around|
actually. In storage containers. Top of highrises. Beantown-
ingenuity. These are some. Some of the best
greens I've ever had.
But green! I couldn't have more pipping pleasure than in meandering through it.
Squash? The best winter squash I've ever had...
...and beet greens. Saving money, budget as a gf young professional, means care. And look'ee! Atlas offered me the bulk of greens stripped off the beets of customers who, for some reason, didn't see the gold lining in the tops of those tubers. (No, they're roots, but tubers makes an alliteration.)
|Eggs, rainbow heirloom carrots, beets, and squash.|
Foraging used to me digging through the hills and woods. Now, perhaps urbanly speaking, it means getting cast-offs, lopsidededs, and end-of-day-toss-outs at farmstands; or asking for the cuttings of roots and tubers for compost or soup stock.
I stop in at farmers markets and invest in my community...and they invest in me. I get more out of the stop than just naturally gluten-free food. I get connected, I get news, I get chatter and relationship; and I get good solid earth under my feet: the earth of my city, my home, and knowing what it feels like.
...and tastes like.
After all, dirt is gluten free.
And all good food comes out of good dirt.
*Note: The challenge of living and eating well with celiac on a budget can be stark. I hugely applaud Massachusetts, and my Beantown-home for signing their farmers markets up with the public aid/EBT/SNAP food program. Most farmers markets in the area also offer a match-program that allows every dollar spent at a farmers market to be DOUBLED. Buy $5? Get $10 worth of food.
This is amazing. Make use of it if you're under-employed, and using public assistance, especially if you have celiac.