Farmers markets have a special allure for me. The fresh fruits and vegetables are the main draw, but I also love checking out the products that folks are creating out of their own kitchens, such as natural soaps, candles, bags, ceramics and jewelry. Food vendors are selling everything from healthy smoothies to egg burritos using the freshest ingredients. Their creativity inspires me as I shop.
I grow a few vegetables in my own garden, but there is no way I can grow the variety available at the market, and I love the sights and smells at the farmers market. As I shop, I click off items on my DinnerTime Grocery List. But you can also go to your own grocery store to be delighted by fresh, in-season produce. My local grocery store is stocked with all sorts of local, organic, in-season selections, as well as lemons and avocados that aren’t grown in my area.
My favorite local farmers market is open on Sunday mornings. If I can’t get to this market, there is another nearby on Tuesday. Check out this listing of the National Farmers Market Directory. Just type in your city and click on the market closest to you.
As we put together the list of tips below, it occurred to me, many of these tips apply to making the most out of your shopping trip to your local grocery store produce department too! Wherever you like to shop, trying new and colorful fruits and veggies will help keep you excited to cook a variety of delicious recipes at home.