One of my favorite things about springtime is our local Farmer’s Markets. In the Bay Area we are blessed with many different locations to choose from, in neighboring towns. You could quite literally find one on a near daily basis. Last weekend as I was browsing lazily through the crowds I began to think of all the reasons I love this weekend ritual of ours. My top five are as follows.
1. The Quality
Being grown locally and picked at just the right time, these yummy items have far outdone their grocery store relatives. The texture, the flavor – nothing beats it. You can nearly taste the sweet oranges as their aroma fills the air. I love having more than one market to choose from as our produce doesn’t last long in the kitchen, it’s just too good NOT to eat right away!
2. The Prices
I’ve found that, especially being able to get organic, fresh produce, most times the prices can’t be matched. We take a small amount of cash and easily fill our bags. Without having to account for the travel and packaging of super market produce, you’re cutting out a good chunk of change.
3. The Community
Shopping the Farmer’s Market is a great way to build community. It benefits your local farmers, and creates a comradery amongst the regulars who visit. Just this last weekend we ran into a handful of friends and acquaintances, it was wonderful!
4. The Experience
Almost as much as I love coming home with a colorful array of fresh goodies, I adore the experience of the market. We go early in the morning, so the weather is usually still comfortable. Sounds of local musicians fill the air and the crowds are full of people just like us, enjoying the opportunity to get yummy, local produce. One of the best things about our weekly visits is how my oldest (most picky) has began to open his palette to varying cultures!
5. The Flowers
If you have been a reader for a while, or know me in person – you probably saw this one coming. I treat myself weekly to flowers and the price and quality of Farmer’s Market blooms causes my heart to skip a beat. Now, my ‘six dollar treat’ has become my ‘three-four dollar treat’ and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
Do you enjoy the local Farmer’s Market? What’s your favorite thing about it? Can’t wait to read your comments!
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