Weekend Activity: Walking Around The Farmers' Market: Get Moving, Get Healthy

After winter's long hibernation, it can be tough to get yourself back on your feet and exercising again. One of the best ways to start moving again and get exercise is to take a leisurely stroll through your local farmers' market. This fun activity is not only a great workout, it is a great way to learn about your local farmers and what's in season. Now that the stands are bursting with fresh produce again, and the colors are changing from oranges, browns and beige to greens, reds, and pinks, it's time to get on your feet and start perusing the stalls. Spring's produce makes eating healthily both tasty and simple. Many ingredients taste great simply prepared, or even washed an eaten raw.

Ingredients that are in season now:

* Apricots * Artichokes * Peas * Morel mushrooms * Asparagus * Fiddleheads

For more about why supporting your local farmers is so important, check out MarcusSamuelsson.com contributor Rena Unger's great article Honor Thy Farmer: Go Local!

Invite a friend to meet you at the market and pick up some of these ingredients. And for inspiration, check out the great recipes you can make with your Spring bounty:

* Healty Spring Sautee of Overwintered Spinach, Leeks, and Carrots * Asparagus Tart * Warm Beef and Pea Salad * Wild Mushroom Grits