Local Fresh Food in the Westlake and Loxahatchee Area
The COVID-19 outbreak has affected nearly every aspect of our daily lives. One big area of change has been in the kitchen. More and more people are preparing their own meals and eating home. Many are trying new ingredients, new recipes and making healthier choices. Cooking and baking have become more popular than ever with banana and sourdough breads leading the comfort food trend.
Living in Westlake, local, farm-fresh ingredients are abundant. Shopping at local farm stands and farmer’s markets and preparing meals together can be a wonderful family bonding experience. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can help you stay healthier, more energetic and improve your mood.
Let’s explore all the ways you can eat healthy and where you can find the best local fresh food in the Westlake and Loxahatchee areas.
Tips for Meal Planning & Healthy Eating in 2020
A great way to begin is by planning ahead. You don’t need to try and plan a month of menus, rather start with a simpler week-long plan. Take into consideration what you need, what your family enjoys, your skill level and time required to prepare meals. Don’t go at it alone, get the whole family involved and enjoy the planning, prepping, and cooking process together!
Keep nutrition in mind by emphasizing vegetables and fruits (many in-season right now), whole grains, lean meats. Try new recipes such as making your own pizza from scratch and tofu recipes for vegetarian and vegan options.
Now, make your shopping list, filled with the healthy ingredients you need to create the meals you’ve planned. Stick to your list (and budget) and limit your purchases of sodas, cookies, chips, and such. They aren’t as nutritious as fresh, local items! Here’s a sample list to get you started:
- Vegetables – lots of great fresh options
- Fruits – choose fresh seasonal fruits for the family to enjoy
- Grains and Breads – whole grain breads, corn tortillas, oatmeal, brown rice, and quinoa are all healthy choices
- Sauces – tomato sauce and salsa – you may even be able to find fresh locally prepared varieties
- Milk or Milk Alternatives (almond, oat, etc.)
- Cheese (vegan cheese)
- Eggs – farm fresh are often available at local markets
- Nuts and Seeds
- Seafood – some great fresh catch options are available locally
- Beans – choose dried varieties, which last longer, and cook them up as needed
- Herbs, spices, and seasonings – you’ll find lots of ways to spice up your cooking with fresh herbs and dried spices
Find Local Fresh Food in Westlake and Loxahatchee
Finding a local source of fresh produce provides healthy deliciousness and nutrition that the whole family will love. Additionally, choosing local can be great for the environment!
Here are the places you can shop local products and support your community while enjoying tasty, nutritious foods:
In Loxahatchee Groves, you will find the Swank Farm Saturday Farmer’s Market chock-full of greens, vegetables, flowers, and more. Some local producers include Bread by Johnny, Joy of Garlic, Independent Seafood, Circle Bar C Dairy, Olive Oil of the World, Bonafide Farms, Laurie’s Granola, and Gratitude Garden.
During the week, the farm also offers a drive-thru pickup service for produce boxes; featuring a changing variety like spinach, strawberries, radishes, cabbage, peas, tomatoes, and more.
Location: 14311 N Rd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
Royal Palm Beach Green Market and Bazaar
In Royal Palm Beach, you’ll find the Green Market and Bazaar offering up fresh produce, baked goods, live plants, honey and more. Open seasonally, and easy to find.
Location: 14311 N Rd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
Caribbean Plants and Produce
Looks can be deceiving, because while Caribbean Plants and Produce is a plant nursery where you can find a houseplant or a tropical fruit tree, you can also find yummy exotic produce for your family to try.
Visit the produce stand in Loxahatchee and try some sugar apples, annona, jackfruit, and longan.
Rorabeck’s Plants and Produce
Located in Lake Worth, Rorabeck’s nursery and market offer beautiful fresh flowers and plants along with tasty fresh produce and special-order fruit baskets.
Lake Worth Farmer’s Market
On the water in Lake Worth, this Saturday market features fresh eggs, delicious local produce, baked goods, fresh flowers and more. Keep in mind the Market is closed but will reopen for Season 14 in October!
Your Own Family Garden!
You might even try your hand at growing your own family garden! You don’t need a farm or a huge yard. Vertical gardens, herb gardens and even container gardens on the patio make it easy for families to grown their own ingredients and enjoy farm-to-table deliciousness.
Time to Eat!
Once you’ve collected your ingredients and your meals are prepared, enjoy them together with your family!
Sky Cove of Westlake is a great place to call home and enjoy time sharing meals with family and friends. Plan your visit today and find the home of your dreams in Palm Beach county.
For more information or to schedule a virtual tour, contact us today!