Sunday, May 3, 2009

Farmer's Market Report: May 4th

Welcome to the Farmer's Market Report!

Lovely red french lettuce, turnips, carrots, baby bok choy, radishes, and eggs - these were all the wonderful things I brought home this week. Missed the strawberries, but there are local stands all over the backroads of my NC county, so I'll pick those up later this week. I'm planing a batch of strawberry ice cream!

Be sure to come back and visit later this week as I add recipes for Salad Dressing Mix, Roasted Carrots and Brussels Sprouts, Baby Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce, and Turnips Au Gratin.

The market has really picked up steam in the last week...the produce is coming in thick and so are the shoppers!

After my farmer's market run, I had to swing by the conventional grocery to get milk. Such a stark difference! The first thing I noticed was the smell - mostly refrigerant, but with some wafts of vegetables from the produce section and warm bread from the bakery. But nothing like the earthy, warm, rich fragrances from the onions, herbs, etc at the farmer's market. Then there were the shoppers. The shoppers at the farmer's market was comprised of some singles, but also lots of couples and families. At the conventional grocery, on the other hand, there were only lone shoppers - no couples, no families. Now, I know that couples and families do shop together at conventional groceries, but it the difference that morning highlighted how different the two are. The farmer's market is very community-oriented and can be a delightful family outing, unlike the conventional grocery.

So, how was your farmer's market this week? Can't wait to read about your visit to the farmer's market! Please be sure to read and follow the guidelines before submitting your post. Thanks!

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Amy said...

I'm so jealous that your market has started we still have a few more weeks. But look forward to participating then and trying your recipes!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Yes, a trip to the Farmer's Market is a great family outing. We went without the toddler this week but really missed him... :)

Turnips Au Gratin sounds great! Can't wait for the recipe...

JMC said...

I visited two of my local markets this week. Fortunately for us, but unfortunately for the farmers, we don't have to arrive early to get the best selection - everything we needed was still available even though the markets had been open for hours!

MetaMommy said...

I love that family feeling of the market. I've been going with my son since he was born, and we still go together, though now with his baby sister. He has his own little shopping bag and loves naming all of the produce as we pass it. It's fun and a great learning experience!