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Natural Awakenings Dallas -Fort Worth Metroplex Edition


Letter from Publisher

July’s issue is devoted to the many ways we can savor the season. You’ve likely hit your summer stride by now, reveling in its goodness and thirsty to drink in as much as we can of its delightful freedoms, like holidaying and vacationing with friends and family and picking up juicy, still-warm-from-the vine summer fruits at the market or even venturing into a farm U-pick patch. Summer’s bounty of nutrients for body and soul helps keep us healthy.

One primary nutrient is chilling out, and I’ve come to realize that this means different things to different people; the times, activities and vagaries of cherished rest from daily duties are as myriad as stars in our galaxy. In her article “Make Time for Downtime, April Thompson notes one of my favorite chilling out activities: doing nothing.

I once attended a retreat where we paired up to discuss our favorite things to do. My statement that my favorite thing to do was doing nothing elicited laughter. More recently, my business partner announced that she’s retiring soon, and with a giant smile, clarified that she’s looking forward to the specialness of doing nothing. I know that my own yearnings to chill out intensify during summer, and I’m giving in to them whenever I can as much as I can.

One summer savoring we all love to indulge is biting into peaches, melons and other local produce dripping with goodness. North Texans are blessed to be surrounded by working farms that provide choices far tastier that anything packaged in the grocery store throughout the year. Yes, our area is a bona fide superior foodie spot.

Inside these pages again this year we offer our annual Farmers Market Centerfold Pullout Guide, now expanded to include garden centers in addition to farmers’ markets, farms and community supported agriculture (CSA). We hope you will keep it as a handy reference to use all year; you can also download a digital copy from our website at We also suggest that you call a favorite purveyor in advance to confirm what’s available that day. We received a huge positive response to the Guide last year and ask that you let us, the farmers, CSAs, garden centers and farmers’ markets you visit know how that it’s valuable to you.  

As always, we hope you will find information in this month’s issue that nurtures and feeds you, mind, soul and body, even as it fosters grateful appreciation for all the God-given bounty that is ours to freely employ and enjoy.


Bernice Butler, Publisher

Click here to download your 2016 Farmers Market Centerfold Pullout Guide!

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