Sunday, August 10, 2008

Farmers Markets Are Yummy.

Oh the joys of our local Farmers Market. It is just 5 min. down the road ... and hosts some of the yummiest, freshest, and most beautiful veggies from around the state. It is a feast for the eyes and the stomach.

I love that Isaac and I get to meet the people who lovingly and painstakingly create our food. These people are passionate about their work. And I am happy to support them -- as I know that it is good for our bodies, our state, our country, our planet ... and especially our children. If they don't create an alternative to mass market, pesticide rich, second rate veggies and meats ... then we will all be the worse for it.

Have you ever tasted a carrot that was pulled fresh from the ground that very morning? Have you ever eaten beef that was completely grass fed? Or tasted goats milk that has not been pasteurized? How about a juicy cherry tomato that came from an heirloom variety seed?

Well, all I can say is YUM, YUM, YUM! Oh, and another thing I can say is ... run, don't walk, to your nearest farmers market. And here is how: click on this link to learn more about these markets ... and then click here to find your own local farmers markets (within the US). They are everywhere. You likely won't believe how many there are around you.

I promise that you won't be disappointed. In fact, make it a weekly outing for your family. Ours is like a weekly community event ... lots of chatting and exchanging knowledge ... seeing friends, etc. And what a great learning experience for the kids. Farmers always seem so willing to take the time to share their knowledge with the next generation. Some even have our friend Meaghan do a little money math in order to receive her change.

I'd love to hear about your own local markets. Especially readers outside of the US. And if this post has inspired you to search out your own local market ... please let me know about your experience.

Here's hoping that you are enjoying some crunchy fresh veggies and some free-range organic meats ...


P.S. And while you are at it, pick up some fresh basil to make some delicious PESTO. I made the dreamiest pesto last night ... and it is as simple as this recipe.


blushing bird said...

Thank you for commenting on my first blog entry! You are so kind and I am grateful for you. I actually checked out our local farmers market for the first time just recently. This post has reminded me that I need to go back! I'll let you know what I find...

Paula said...

Our small town has the second largest Farmers Market in the state of Oregon. It runs every Sunday from Mothers Day weekend through the 2nd weekend in October. Whenever we can, we take our market basket down and buy our fresh fruit and veggie's for the week. Our market also has local crafters, a food court and local entertainment. It's a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Halis said...

Sounds great Paula. I wish our Farmers Market allowed for local artisans as well - but not yet. I hear Oregon has some amazing markets. I would love to see them in person.