Dince the produce is usually what's available locally and in season, you never know what to expect. Go to the market in an exploratory mode—with no list—and invent a meal from whatever you find that looks, smells, and feels good.
Let's see how a farmers market recruits your senses during apple season. You stop at a farm stand on a fall drive and browse among the varieties of apples available. As you ex-
plore the diversity of shapes and colors, pick up an apple of each variety. Feel it for texture and firmness, inhale its aroma. Let the proprietor cut open a Macoun for you to taste, and another apple you've never seen before—an heirloom from his grandfather's orchard that he's been growing for thirty-seven years. You taste the subtle tartness, experience the difference between mealy, juicy, and crisp. Suddenly you are more acutely aware that it's a bright, sunny day, the leaves are changing, there is a smell of fermenting apples in the air, and the sky is a bright blue. Around the one simple act of buying some apples, you have created a rich tapestry of memory.
Chances are the vendors are also the people who grow the apples, and you're sure to encounter some interesting stories and characters. Ask about their farms; this year's crop; and if there's a favorite recipe that uses what you're buying.
This exercise ranks high on all the elements ofNeurobic requirements: Novelty, multisensory associations between different shapes, colors, smells, and tastes, as well as social interaction.
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