The change of seasons always brings along sickness in my house. Anyone else feeling under the weather? I hear there’s an end-of-summer cold going around. And while it’s hard to write when you have a headache, it did give me the inspiration for this post! When you’re not feeling your best, it’s important to do everything you can to make yourself feel better. So for those looking to feel their best this season, these are the places you should check out:
They do say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. And Solebury Orchards in New Hope, PA doesn’t just have apples, they have apple sauce, apple juice, apple cider, and apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is thought to help with many ailments, including diabetes and poor digestion. People have been known to add some ginger, raw honey and garlic to make it even more of a “health tonic”. And if you’re in New Jersey, there’s the infamous Terhune’s Orchards, the orchard I’ve been going to since I was four years old.
I don’t “juice” but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a freshly squeezed juice or smoothie once in a while! And you can make one yourself at home, but the mess isn’t worth the headache (speaking as someone who has been suffering from a headache for the last 10 days). Arlee’s Raw Blends is a newer spot in Princeton, NJ worth checking out. They use locally grown 100% organic produce, and their juices are cold pressed daily. Once you’re hooked, you can sign up for their juice subscription. But if you’re more of a smoothie-kinda-sipper, visit Jess’s in Lambertville. When I’m not feeling great I wish I could have these beverages on tap in my home! Love all those vitamins and minerals.
What do spices like turmeric, cinnamon and capsaicin (found in chili and cayenne powder) have in common? They’re all delicious, and they all can help you boost your wellness level in many ways. Anti-inflammatory/viral/bacterial, pain relief… don’t knock it ‘til you try it. I was desperately trying to avoid taking pain relievers this month and I found relief in making ginger, cinnamon turmeric “tea”. Savory Spice Shop (Princeton, NJ and Westfield, NJ) and Penzey’s (Summit, NJ and Philadelphia) are my go-to source for spices and herbs. But 99% of the time I’m cooking with them, not drinking them 😉
There are some amazing lavender farms in the area, including Carousel Farm Lavender (Mechanicsville, PA, pictured above) and Peace Valley Farms (Doylestown, PA). And when you’re sick, it’s pretty easy to get stressed out from your inability to… well… simply function. Lavender does wonders for anxiety, restlessness/sleep and even headaches. Not to mention, it’s a beautiful place to just go and see!
… Or Any Farm, For That Matter
I’m a firm believer in food = medicine. When I start to veer off the healthy eating path, I feel it! Autumn will bring some more healing produce to the local farm markets, including dark leafy greens, squash, garlic and all types of cruciferous vegetables. There’s no shortage of farms in New Jersey and Eastern PA, so find the one closest to you that stays open year round.