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By Holly Pellham Davis *******

 

They say, “you canʼt take the farm out of the girl,” and, well, I confirmed that this weekend. As soon as I stepped onto the grounds of the Chestnut Square Farmerʼs Market in McKinney, my heart soared.

 

Not to overstate something completely obvious, but we need farmers. They grow the food we eat, right? Sadly, not so much anymore. The days of family owned farms growing organic or non-genetically modified crops are almost a distant memory. Corporate giants in agriculture control our food supply by having over a 50% market share in every category, some as high as 90%, giving them the control to dictate prices on both the buying and selling side. US government subsidies and the control of Monsanto and their ever increasing power have left consumers with less choices and higher prices. Not only has it pushed our small family farmer out of business, but it also leaves us with mass-produced, highly-chemically-treated “food.”

 

On the flip side, less than 1% of the population in America claim farming as their occupation. Farm production expenses average over $100,000 per year, per farm, and less than 1 in 4 farms in the US produce gross revenues over $50,000. Yet, farmers are the backbone of America. How are we not supporting them? I believe firmly that if you buy local and support small organic farmers, you can change the world.

 

The good news is that a number of grass roots movement to support local farmers, especially organic, have recently sprouted up and, it seems, the tide is beginning to turn…the key is to keep the momentum going, as the benefits of supporting small, local farmers are as plentiful as the nutrients their precious crops yield.

 

Here are a few of the most important benefits of shopping local farmers:

 

It gives more power to the purchaser. By buying from local farmers, you are exercising your right to have a choice and “voting with your dollars.” It provides local income to an essential profession. By buying directly from the farmer, they reap the benefit of all their hard work by retaining more of the profit instead of it going to the retailer. And you can save a little money too!

 

It’s positive for the environment. Local foods are good for the environment, reducing carbon footprint & supporting farms in your communities. More dirt, less concrete = happy Earth!

 

It’s healthier. Nutrient levels are highest when crops are freshly picked and eaten / frozen immediately. Local, fresh, organic foods are the most nutritious! What is good for your health is also good for the health of the Earth.

 

Here my tips for a successful (and fun) outing to your local Farmers Market:

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  • Use this map to find a Farmerʼs Market near you.(This is the market I went to last weekend, and I LOVED it!)
  • Be sure to bring a cross-body bag and lots of cash, as most vendors don’t take checks or credit cards.
  • You’ll also want to have plenty of canvas shopping bags and mesh produce bags on hand as well as one soft pack insulated cooler bag with ice for eggs, goats milk, meats, or any other item that needs refrigeration.
  • If you’re planning to purchase organic, pasture raised eggs (which I highly recommend), save and carry your own paper compostable egg cartons, as most vendors put their eggs in Styrofoam cartons. Send a message, set an example, and protect the Earth by bringing your own paper carton.
  • Make sure the produce is local. If the fruits or veggies are adorned with code stickers or the vendor has brand name opened produce boxes stacked up behind their display table, somethingʼs up, and chances are its been purchased at a wholesaler for retail sale. You’re aiming to give your business to our hardworking local farmers.
  • Don’t’ be afraid to ask questions! Ask if its organic. Ask what they use on their crops. Ask if they spray. If you’re not confident the product is truly organic, don’t be afraid to walk away.
  • Eye your pick. Know exactly the one you want before you ask about it.
  • Trust your nose. Smell your produce. A tomato should smell like dirt, a cantaloupe should smell sweet.
  • Choose brightest, deepest in color of the selection, as they often are the highest in nutrients.
  • Be open to experience different foods. Try white radishes, turnip greens, rhubarb, purple hull peas (one of my faves), different peppers and herbs. Avoid corn and conventional berries, peaches, and potatoes.

 

Remember you can freeze. Many crops can be cleaned and “put up” or frozen for later use. I love to freeze okra, green beans, berries, and peas so we can enjoy their goodness all year. 

 

So how about joining me next Saturday, at your local farmers market? Facebook or tweet (links below) me your photos, questions, or comments while your there. Iʼd love to hear from you!

 

XOXO,

Holly

 

 

 

Photo by D Magazine for DMoms Daily-  Holly Davis' Picks for Non-Toxic Nail Polish

Holly’s polish picks: 1. Kure Bazaar 2. Chanel 3. No Miss 4. Mineral Fusion 5. Zoya not shown: Butter London link below.

By Holly Pellham Davis

My daughter and I love pretty nail polish colors. But, sadly, the seemingly harmless act of getting a mani/pedi can be rife with nasty toxic chemicals that bioaccumulate in our bodies.

Most nail polish, removers, adhesives, gel manicures, acrylics, and some nail “art” contain a long list of extremely powerful chemicals that can pose a serious threat to a person’s health through both contact with skin and inhalation. Just being in the same room where certain nail products are being used can put you, your child, and especially unborn children at risk.

 

The big 3 harmful chemicals we find in nail polish are:

  • Formaldehyde – A known carcinogen that has been proven to cause leukemia and other blood cancers, as well as severe damage to tissue in the human body, DNA, gene mutation, and chromosomal breakage.
  • Toluene — Also used as an additive to gasoline and in the production of benzene (one of the most deadly chemicals on the planet), Toluene has been shown to cause neurological and cognitive damage, reproductive dysfunction and damage, kidney and liver damage, and “harm to unborn child during pregnancy.
  • Dibutyl phthalate DBP — Phthalates, especially DBP and DEHP & DDP have been heavily studied and are proven developmental and reproductive toxicants. DBP exposure has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor and can cause fertility and reproductive abnormalities, especially in males (marked sperm reduction in the last 40 years, increase in testicular abnormalities and deformities.) Studies show contact with the chemical can result in an increased risk for breast cancer, prostate and testicular cancer, liver toxicity, and fetal skeletal abnormalities. What’s more, studies have confirmed the presence of DBP and other phthalates in breast milk, amniotic fluid, urine, and serum.

 

In a world where we are inundated with toxic exposures from many different sources, changing our Mani/Pedi habits can be an easy, doable change. Here are a three easy tips for sussing out toxic nail offenders.

Do A Background Check: Know your nail products. Find a brand you can trust. Understand that just because the product states  that it’s free of Formaldehyde,Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate doesn’t mean it’s true. Check for yourself here. I was relieved to find my trusted Zoya brand to be one of the only left standing as truly “3 Free” after a random testing from a San Francisco store.

Be Salon Savvy: Know your salon safety rules, especially where your little one’s are getting their polish on. Make sure the areas are well ventilated with no artificial nail applications in the same room; take your own “3 Free” nail polishes, base, and top coats; skip the UV top coat and drying station, as dermatologists have been reporting dramatic increases in skin cancer attributed to the UV-light exposure from the lamps.

Steer Clear These Toxic Badboys

  • Acrylic and Gel nail applications, which are made of toxic synthetic polymers and contain Methyacrylic Acid (in nail primer) and Ethyl Methacrylate (EMA), an artificial nail liquid. Exposures to these substances while pregnant may harm your unborn child. Plus, the need to soak in acetone to remove is a double toxic whammy.
  • Acetone and other nail polish solvents and thinners.
  • Butyl Acetate and Ethyl Acetate.
  • Camphor, which is a plasticizer also commonly used as a fragrance and is highly irritating to the 
lungs and skin. Camphor is very toxic and at high dosages, can be lethal. (Note: There are several “all-natural” products such as lip balms, lotions etc that contain camphor, such as “Burt Bees.” I do not recommend them.)
  • Formaldehyde resins: Really? We need to distinguish from Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde resins? Formaldehyde causes cancer, in any combination, mixture or form. (Note: Melamine plastic tableware, commonly used in kids plates and cups, is made of a melamine-formaldehyde resin and can be released into food at high temperatures and when in contact with acidic substances. That’s a little more than we bargained for with the little one’s cup of Orange Juice.)

 

Never fear, there’s still nail fun to be had. Following are my SIX favorite Clean Fresh nail polish brands

  1. Kure Bazaar -- The Mon Bleu shade is a total crowd pleaser.
  2. Chanel – On-trend hues and luxe formulations without all the yucky stuff (just like we like it).
  3. No Miss –  Super Fun colors that are super long lasting. (Sidebar: They have a polish remover but it doesnʼt remove much.)
  4. Mineral Fusion — From the colors to the awesome base and top coat, I love everything about this line. Their polish remover is awesome too.
  5. Zoya – My daughterʼs fave.
  6. Butter London- BEST Laquers & Top Coat that are long lasting! MY VERY FAVE!!! 

 

With more of us joining together demanding non-toxic products for our pretty little fingers, precious princesses, (not to mention the environment) more and more safe polishes and nail products are being created to meet demand. Letʼs keep ʻem on their toes Mamaʼs! Healthy is Beautiful!

XOXO, Holly

 

 

 

 I am honored to be one the D Magazine Most Beautiful Women and a panelist on the upcoming BEAUTYLIVE D Magazine session at Galleria Dallas THIS Saturday, April 11th at 3pm!  As a health and wellness advocate, I truly believe healthy is beautiful and can't wait to share some of my favorite beauty tips with everyone! 

 

            Tickets are available here!

 

            Hope to see YOU there! 

 

            xox,

            Holly

            

                Holly Pellham Davis, Founder of Clean Fresh Living, Inc. 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas, D Magazine.

 

 

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