10 Reasons to Support Farmer’s Markets All Year Long

I live in North Carolina and we definitely have all four seasons here. Mildish winters and summers. Breathtaking falls and springs. We are so fortunate but even with winters that rarely experience a blizzard, our local farmers markets tend to be ghost towns from November through March.

Summer however is a different story. You roll up in the parking lot around 9am. Cars are backed up down the street, and you circle for 10 minutes to find a parking space. People and strollers are everywhere. I’ve been coming to this market for years. Out of the 52 weeks a year, between my husband and I we might miss 4 Saturdays a year. In December you can roll right up, grab a space, and walk anywhere without bumping into another person.

So I ask myself where are all of these people during Winter?? It’s my duty as an “agtivist” to make sure folks understand that many cities have year round markets. Maybe the massive sign when you pull into mine that says open year round isn’t enough of an indicator. To encourage people to visit more often and not just when the weather is lovely I came up with these 10 reasons:

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Podcast Episode 22: Leonard Lee Buschel -Reel Recovery

Susan and Kendall catch up on their family happenings over the holiday weekend. Then they welcome this week’s guest, Leonard Lee Buschel, founder of Writers In Treatment (W.I.T.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization grounded in the arts and recovery. W.I.T.’s primary purpose is to save lives through promoting and providing ‘treatment’ as the best first step solution for addiction, alcoholism and other self-destructive behaviors. W.I.T. also offers educational, prevention and awareness programs through their nationally acclaimed REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL and SYMPOSIUM presented in Los Angeles, New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, San Francisco,, Houston and Vancouver BC.

He also is the editor and publisher of the weekly Addiction/Recovery eBulletin that reaches an audience of over 17,000 individuals. Mr. Buschel is a California Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with years of experience working directly with people struggling with addiction. He believes strongly in exercising the mind and continues to develop himself as counselor, psychological thinker, non-profit executive and writer. He does this through his own personal work in 12-step programs and has attended seminars by the most influential thinkers of our time.

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Chasing The High

The summer before I started high school, I watched the movie Top Gun at least 200 times. It was one of two VHS tapes that didn’t bore me at my dad’s house, where I was spending the summer. I lived vicariously through Maverick and Goose. I wanted to fly those planes because I knew even back then that there had to be a high in that. I will fill you in on a small, but possibly important detail. At that point in my life, I had never even been on a commercial plane. But I was addicted to the idea of a thrill and I wanted it.

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Podcast Episode 18: Health Conference Tips

Susan returns from Austin, Texas where she spent last weekend at the Paleo FX conference. In this week’s show she shares her experiences at the conference and tells us her favorite take aways.

We welcome your questions and topics by email at info@evolvedrecovery.com. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, download the MP3, or use the player featured below.

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Mindfulness When Tragedy Strikes

Recently we had a mindfulness podcast episode where we talked about feeling all of the feels when they happen. As alcoholics and addicts this has to be a constant work in progress. We learned to numb our feelings for so long that it can feel uncomfortable and foreign to suddenly force ourselves to feel them. Learning how to successfully feel everything is crucial to staying sober. I kept thinking about that all weekend after tragedy struck. On Saturday, nearly 4,000 people died because of an earthquake in Nepal. It reminded me of another tragedy almost 14 years ago.

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Podcast Episode 16: Q & A

This week’s show topics:

How to minimize or completely get rid of seasonal allergies through anti-inflammatory diets. The benefits of Sinus Rinses and Neti Pots.

Evolved Recovery 2 hour workshop this Saturday, April 18 in Charlotte, NC with Kendall. RSVP here

I Am Not Anonymous photo shoot in Charlotte, NC

Silicon Gives Day: Donate to a recovery home for moms and their children

We welcome your questions and topics by email at info@evolvedrecovery.com. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, download the MP3, or use the player featured below.

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The Importance of Community in Recovery

com·mu·ni·ty – a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

It takes a village, right? But what if you live in a world where the concept of the village is long gone and you live the nuclear family life that started after World War II. That is our story. The saying actually goes “it takes a village to raise a child”, but I like to think of it more as “it takes a village to be a human”. For millions of years we operated as tribes. To be without community equaled death. What does it equal now?

Communities aren’t gone but they aren’t the same. Generally they can be found in churches, schools, and sometimes in the workplace. There are exceptions. Some neighborhoods are still very community based but for the most part we live in our own boxes and keep to ourselves as a society.

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Podcast Episode 13: Darryl Edwards The Fitness Explorer

Darryl Edwards (The Fitness Explorer) is the creator of the PRIMAL PLAY training system, and world-renowned as an expert, teacher and lecturer on the Paleo lifestyle.  He’s a certified personal trainer and Paleo nutritionist holding a diverse range of certifications. Darryl combines his many influences from martial arts, parkour and dance to teach groups, conduct one-to-one training and virtual training sessions that focus on strength/conditioning, bodyweight exercises, Paleo nutrition and Play.  He lives in London, England.
On this week’s show, we talk about how giving up the things that don’t serve us in health really isn’t about giving anything up at all. It’s actually about gaining so much more. Darryl gives us lots of tips of how we can work play into our lives to create a more childlike, stress-free existence.

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Podcast Episode 8: The Likely Cause of Addiction Has NOT Been Discovered

A recent article featured on Huffington Post has been making it’s way around social media. “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think” caused a stir for us and others in recovery. In this episode we discuss why we think the author has it all wrong.

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Stress Addiction

For many years I lived in a mindset that the more stress I was under, the more powerful I was. By telling people how busy I was, I felt important. With a stress addicted life comes many negative behaviors. Being overly stressed meant I self-medicated more. For a long time that self-medication was alcohol. The only positive thing that came out of being a stress addict for me was eventual sobriety and finally learning mindfulness. Once the pain was no longer worth the power I thought I was getting out of being “busy,” I found solutions to living a more peaceful, balanced life.

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