Joining up with Carole Knits for her 10 on Tuesday - 10 Great Things About a Farmer’s Market.
I can honestly say I rarely go to a farmer’s market with lots of vendors. There is a great one in
our area but it is Friday afternoons and…ummm…I work full-time.
But we do have tons of local farm stands that we shop at all summer…so I will concentrate on those.
- Fresh fruits and veggies – nothing better than a fresh picked tomato or ear of corn…or nectarine…yum!
- Variety – I love to see the variety of items at farm stands. There is always something new -
unusual lettuce or purple carrots or striped beets…love to buy the heirloom tomatoes.
- Price! Our local farm stands are usually so much cheaper than the grocery store. Sunday I bought a basket of small yellow squash – about 10 for $1.00. At the grocery store - $1.49 per pound.
- Inspiration – I love to develop recipes based on what is in season and available.
- Friendly people – everyone is always so nice! You can tell they love what they
- Fresh flowers – one local farm stand always has cups of snapdragons – such a friendly flower. And another always has gladiolas – one of my favorites that I remember from my grandmother’s garden. Oh…and sunflowers!
- I love the idea of buying local…supporting local families and knowing where my food is coming from.
- Baked goods! We often visit farm stands in nearby Lancaster County and the Amish baked goods are amazing! Hello – whoopie pies!
- Organic products – more and more are growing organically with no pesticides. Love to also be able to get organic, free range eggs. Near our son’s house we can get a dozen free range eggs for $1.50 – and the difference is so amazing.
- Herbs – always fun to try a new herb and being able to buy a fresh bundle to try is wonderful.