Summertime means, ice cold watermelon, juicy peaches, massive heads of lettuce, and all sorts of fresh, healthy farm grown foods that are available. Although these wonderful fruits and veggies are available from my local grocery store, most of them are scrawny, prepackaged and not exactly what I remember from when I was a kid.
Luckily, summertime is also the season when Farmer’s Markets and Green Markets open their stands to the public and sell fresh from the farm produce. I much prefer buying from my local farmer, baker, etc. as I know that I’m getting the BEST. It’s a misconception that purchasing from these markets cost more than at your local grocer. I’ve actually found that because the middle man is cut out that I can get better quality products for MUCH less.
Each Saturday I try to make a day of shopping (except for rainy days). It’s my little getaway, and I love being surrounded by all of the sounds and smells. There are always wonderful food vendors and the smell wafting through the aisles is amazing.
“My” market is on the water and there is always some form of entertainment as well I just love getting some jerk chicken hot off the grill, sitting on the seawall and listening to jazz or folk music and watching the manatees play in the water below. It really is a wonderful way to spend the day.
If you’re wondering where your local farmer’s market is, Local Harvest has a website where you can find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.