Oh man, I can't hide my excitement for farmer's markets. Starting next Wednesday my most favorite one in Indy starts up which means the guilt I feel for not having a garden full of my own vegetables will be dissuaded for another summer. You see, I wholly believe in growing a garden, but I stink at it. So yes, I plant a garden for practice and bragging rights for when I do actually produce an edible product, but honestly? The farmers are better at it and they sell it for much cheaper than the stress it requires me to produce produce.
My family knows that every Wednesday night is going to be 'experimental' vegetable night. I often let Addie pick a new item or two in an effort to get her excited about green stuff and instilling the importance of shopping local. My favorite is thinly sliced zucchini sauteed in olive oil with garlic and then spread with shredded mozzarella cheese. Seriously, try it. I don't like zucchini any other way.
I've never been let down by a farmer's market, especially since so many of them now have fresh breads, jellies, honey and herbs (for so much less than grocery stores!) We'll know summer has truly arrived when my favorite corn vendor takes up his spot halfway down the line of pitched tents.
How do you feel about adding a weekly trip to a farmer's market to your regular shopping?
There are some bigger ones here where things like soaps, homemade tortillas/burritos, even crepes are sold as well as flowers, fruits, veggies, pasta (yes pasta), hats, etc are sold. One even has the local animal shelter come out each week with a few of their featured animals.
LOVE the farmers market. Not only is there a HUGE veriety of fruits and veggies but its CHEAP!Not to mention, alot of people dont know this, but alot of them accept food stamps. There are alot of families that recieve them, why not make the most of what you have check into it.
we have 2 no make that 3 that are within 15 minutes of us. They all sell more than just fruits and veggies and I LOVE to go.
by ARmomApril 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM
ooo -forgot about the produce stands! We have one right up the street that accepts money through the 'honor system.' It's old fashioned, but very cute. They have lots of vegetables in the summer and leave a lock box to put your cash in.
Love produce stands. We don't have many where I live, but they're common in/near the smaller towns. I love stopping for peaches, cherries, etc.
We do have several little produce stands, and I will be using them frequently, especially after all the scares about different recalls of veggies for various contamination.
by LuLuRexApril 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM
I worked at a farmer's market in college and loved bringing home food from there!
by copperswifeyApril 27, 2012 at 7:53 PM
I love going to the farmers market. Ours is pretty small though. I wouldn't go every week, but probably every two weeks. :)
How fortunate for you that you have many to choose from. We only have a few but I enjoy them.
I live in NJ and we have farmer's markets everywhere. I love them. Like you, I WANT to grow my own garden, but the animals and bugs get to my plants before I do.