Each season, Mother Nature so generously bestows a new assortment of earth-grown ingredients. For those of us living in the Northeast (including NYC), late fall is a veritable feast. In addition to apples, pumpkins, kale, and squash, it offers a cornucopia of hearty herbs—look for bundles of rosemary, sage, thyme, and mint. And where better to score seasonal eats than your nearest farmers market?
The element of trust is key when you're talking about what you put in and on your body. When it comes to flavor, quality, and value, you can't beat locally grown goodness. Instead of going through some supermarket conglomerate, local farmers actually know the crops intimately—including how they're grown. We're talking everything from the seeds to the fertilizers and pesticides (or lack thereof) used. Could the clerk at the nearby superstore have a 15-minute chat with you about what's organic (not just certified organic)? Likely not. Local farmers are an invaluable resource, so get to know them!
Now back the harvest. Seasonal ingredients are great for more than just this week's meals! Now that you've stocked up on fresh rosemary sprigs, dried lavender blooms, and Manuka honey, here's how to use nature's bounty to make some DIY treatments for your skin and hair: