So many people selling so much delicious, locally grown produce, much of it on the cheap. I love wandering through the aisles, seeing what everyone has to offer, running into friends, and leaving with a bag stuffed full of goods.
Today I took $20 to the farmer's market and left with:
- A giant bag of lettuce (after I cut up one bunch, I realized I really didn't need to buy two bunches... let's just say, I'll be eating a lot of salad this week.)
- A giant bag of cherry tomatoes
- A bag of six delicious and huge pretzel rolls
- A small bag of dog treats
- An avocado
- A huge basket of strawberries
- A sweet onion
- Three sweet potatoes
- A large zucchini
- A bunch of asparagus
- Two big t-bone steaks
- A pound of thick cut bacon
- A pound of deli turkey breast
- Go early if you want a good selection. If you wait until late morning or lunchtime, it will be very picked over.
- Look for the young hippies behind tables... they almost always have the organic produce, hahaha!
- Ask how people grow their food if it's not posted. There's not a lot of sense in buying something locally if it's still grown in a blanket of pesticides. Not everyone is a completely organic farm, but at least find out if they use chemicals to grow.
- Bring cash and a large bag! People don't just sell fruits and veggies... you'll find local meat, eggs, breads, doggy treats, desserts, tamales and salsa, flowers, soaps... so much to explore at the farmer's market!
"Gardens are not made by singing, 'Oh, how beautiful', and sitting in the shade." ~ Rudyard Kipling