It is a sure sign that spring is here and summer is on its way when you start receiving emails with the opening dates of your local farmers market……..and I could not be more excited!
I love going to the Farmers market
It is great for chatting with vendors, visiting with neighbors from the community and perusing all the local produce and locally produced food items.
Granted in April the ratio of produce to cookies, pies and cakes is pretty low and let’s face it even gluten-free, organic baked goods are still not as good for you as strawberries and blueberries. Still it is a sign that better for you food is on the way. It is time to pass by the produce from Mexico and Chile in your grocery store and start planning your meals around what is grown locally.
I never thought much about carrots until I bought my first bunch from a farmer from north Georgia who drives to Atlanta for the markets. Having only eaten carrots from the grocery store I was neither here nor there about them, their sole purpose being to add crunch to my salad. Fresh carrots, I have learned are to die for. They are sweet, crunchy and a little earthy.
Most farmers markets are open rain or shine.
Farmers and vendor’s are especially appreciative of customers who show up when the weather is less than ideal. I have learned over the years that I don’t melt in the rain and getting out and walking around the market regardless of the weather is good for both mind and body.
To get the best selection arrive at the market early, to get the best deals arrive late. The farmers and vendors don’t want to transport their goods back to their farm or store so they are often willing to cut a deal or lower a price.
I always leave the farmers market with visions of peaches and tomatoes dancing in my head and that is a good thing because it banishes the visions of pasta and ice cream that are normally dancing around.
Check your local media to find out where the closest markets are to you. Here is a partial list of Atlanta Farmers Markets:
The chef in this video shops like I do. She buys a little bit of everything that looks good. You don’t want your new purchases to go to waste so be sure to plan your trip, make a list if you don’t have any self-control. And, don’t forget to bring your bags. Always bring one more than you think you will need, because you never know when they may have something too irresistible to pass up.