The Farmers Market: A New Family Tradition?

So far this year we have gotten up and gotten down to the farmers market every Saturday morning. Why am I excited about this? Well, I’ve always intended to go to the farmers market, but most Saturdays I couldn’t be bothered. We would sleep in or laze around in PJs all morning or get distracted by other errands or household chores. Then it would get to be noon, and we had missed our chance for that week.

Now that we have a new baby, sleeping in is no longer an option. Since the weather has been beautiful and we’ve been up on Saturday mornings anyway, we’ve just loaded everyone in the car and headed down to the farmers market.

Our little town actually has two farmers markets, for complicated reasons involving management disputes that I won’t get into (truthfully, I don’t really understand why). But since they are within a couple of blocks of each other (the whole downtown is only a few blocks long), it is easy enough to walk to both. We make a morning out of it: treat ourselves to some breakfast on the way and walk around town, enjoying the beautiful spring weather, stopping to chat with the vendors and other people with kids, checking out the cute dogs and loading up on yummy, nutritious stuff for the week.

I definitely want to make the Saturday farmers market visit a family tradition.

Here are some of my recent farmers market finds:

  • honey and vanilla goat cheese yogurt
  • sweet ash goat cheese
  • Italian sausage
  • jumbo farm-fresh eggs
  • homemade scones
  • homemade basil fettuccine
  • homemade biscotti
  • country bread
  • rosemary plants for the front bed

Unfortunately, the farmers haven’t been selling many vegetables lately, but I’m guessing that will change as the growing season ramps up.

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3 thoughts on “The Farmers Market: A New Family Tradition?

  1. Fred Lee 3 May 2008 at 5:48 am

    Shannon, Farmer’s markets are the way to go. Ideally you’d like to buy local, but the markets are a great alternative. I used to work at the Farmer’s Market in Union Square (I was a broke New Yorker) and we generally sold flowers only until late Spring, when the veggies come out. Besides getting fresh produce that you (hope) you can trust, they are a great way to get out and see your neighbors. And, it’s an awesome way to be in touch with the seasons. Thanks for the post.

  2. marti 14 May 2008 at 10:51 pm

    I LOVE the farmer’s market. It’s amazing what you can find, how much cheaper it is than the grocery store, and how much better it taste. Now if I only knew how to can and freeze things we could enjoy local goodness all year through. 🙂

  3. Shannon 15 May 2008 at 7:14 am

    I plan to do a lot of freezing this summer. I hope to share what I learn here. Stay tuned!

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