If you are a regular to the Sunday Open Gym or even just make it every once in a while, you may have noticed that usually I am not there. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the laid back atmosphere that Open Gym offers, I’m actually working just over the hill in Los Gatos at the local farmers market. Yep, CrossFitter Monday through Saturday, artichoke farmer on Sundays. At least that’s what I tell people. I don’t actually have anything to do with the farming of the artichokes. I just show up with my farmer’s hat, my farmers tan and BS my way through the sales and deals. It’s actually pretty fun!
Farmer’s Markets are actually pretty special and can be a fun way to start off your weekend mornings. If you already do some of your shopping at a local farmer’s market then I’m sure the advantages are already pretty clear to you. If not, I’ll briefly share with you some of the reasons I like to do my shopping here.
– In my opinion you can’t find food any more fresh, unless you grow your own. Most farmers’ harvest their food the day before the market and some even hours before. In contrast, produce that is intended for the supermarket often goes to a packing shed first, then is trucked to a broker or wholesaler, then to the supermarket’s warehouse before it even hits the shelves.
– The fruit and vegetables are grown locally and harvested when perfectly ripened which will enhance the taste, texture and aroma.
– Our existing system of food transportation and distribution requires enormous amounts of energy and resources. Before reaching your table, the average food item in the United States will travel 1,300 miles! In fact, only about 10% of the fossil fuel energy used in the world’s food system is used for production. The other 90% goes into packaging, transportation, and marketing of the food. All this inefficiency creates many environmental problems.
-Since the produce is picked at the peak of the season, nutrients and phytochemicals will be more abundant.
-Last but not least, the greatest benefit to shopping at the Los Gatos farmer’s market specifically is you get the CrossFit West discount! What?! We keep forgetting to put that on the website but it’s for real! Some of you who have already come to see me can attest to this awesome perk.
While there are many more benefits to shopping at a farmer’s market, I just wanted to list some of the ones I feel are most important. If you already do some of your shopping at a farmer’s market I’d love to hear about it and why you do so.
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Deadlift 2RM (Touch and Go)
One-the-minute – for 12 Minutes
2 Power Cleans-heavy
5 Pushups (scale up – clapping, hand release, etc)