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SHERMOR13 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/29/12 6:47 A

Farmer's Markets are awesome. I was there on Saturday! I love the freshness of the fruit - yum. All those summer veggies that seem so alive!

Of course, watch out for those vendors there selling home made bread & goodies! LOL! That can blow the diet for sure!

RIEUADMIRER SparkPoints: (83,062)
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6/29/12 2:54 A

I love my local Blackheath, S.E. London Farmers Market where I buy honeycomb honey,
tomatoes (10 different kinds), sheep's cheese, artisan bread, courgette (zucchini) flowers,
20 different salad leaves such as Swiss chard, Lamb's lettuce, spinach etc., sea buckthorn
juice, dandelion jam, asparagus (3 different kinds) and strawberries. Everything is so fresh.

TKORTE99 Posts: 143
6/27/12 12:50 P

Yep!! My most recent buys were green beans, sweet corn, zucchini, summer squash & tomatoes!! Today for lunch I had a big bowl of green beans I had fixed (cut up a potato and put a little ham in the pan when I cooked them) and some tomato! Love the freshness of in season produce this time of year!

ALIY-KAT Posts: 9
6/27/12 10:01 A

wow all these farmers markets sound so good~
We have a local one here in Winnipeg Manitoba, its on every wednesday and saturday. I went the opening week a few weeks ago, but the produce wasn't up to parr yet!
I am going to go this saturday as the weather has been fantastic and I am SURE that there will be amazing fruit and veggies now.

6/27/12 9:54 A

I've been impatiently awaiting our farmers market to open-- they usually open in the beginning of June but pushed back the date to July because of bad crops [our weather's been REALLY finicky all spring, going from highs of 40 to 90 for a couple days back down to the low 50s]. I haven't even been able to get anything to grow in my own backyard vegetable garden [I should've taken my mom's advice and done container gardening this year!]. I haven't been to the farmers market here yet, I moved here last summer and didn't discover it existed until after it had closed, so I'm curious to see what it's like. They also have a winter farmers market but, again, I didn't know that until after the fact! This time around, I'll be prepared!

I'm really curious to see what variety they have, this area isn't really known for it [I live in quite a food desert, organic food in general is unheard of]. My hometown farmers market is a tiny affair, just a couple stands of fresh vegetables, despite being a farm town [most people just trade their crops with each other instead if they have a surplus]. I lived in Chicago for four years, though, and the farmers markets were HUGE. I don't expect this to be the case here, but I'm hoping for a few more choices than I get at the local grocery store. And a chance to pick up organic veggies, which the store doesn't sell.

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6/27/12 12:51 A

We have so many of them! All year and in all parts of the city. Mostly on Saturdays and Sundays but some mid-week too. You can find one any day of the week. It's more expensive than the regular supermarket but less than Whole Foods. I like walking around to see what everyone has, tasting the samples, then buying my favorites. The taste is definitely better than the grocery store.

At the end of the day the prices drop sometimes so you can get a better deal. I just like walking around all that good food and with people who are interested in the same things.

6/25/12 4:29 P

I'm quite surprised to hear that some of your markets are actually MORE expensive! I go because for $12 on Saturday I bought: portabella mushrooms, eggplant, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, bell peppers, romaine lettuce, plums, and avocados! I'll be set for the next two weeks with everything I have.

KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (3,013)
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6/25/12 1:09 P

I love the farmer's market. It's practically the only place I can get these little orange cherry tomatoes that taste like a flavor explosion in your mouth - SO sweet and tangy. I love them. Good enough to eat plain.

Edited by: KFWOHLFORD at: 6/25/2012 (13:09)
LUCYGODDESS Posts: 2,411
6/25/12 11:21 A

We have a farmers market not far from our home in our town on Saturday mornings. They have lovely plants, herbs, fresh baked breads, vegetables, fruits. It is wonderful. People even bring their dogs on leashes...we took Lacy (our Aussie Cattledog) and she loved it! The vegetables are good and 2 weeks ago, I bought a Eucalyptis tree and a Lemon Verbena plant. Also bread from Blackberry Farm (a local bed and breakfast that is very high end.) I'm hooked on that place.

Edited by: LUCYGODDESS at: 6/25/2012 (11:23)
QUARKY Posts: 510
6/25/12 10:24 A

I love the farmers' market - it comes every other Saturday to the city centre, and has some lovely food. I don't go very often though, because it's expensive. I prefer to go to a nearby market town and buy fresh food from the grocers, bakery and greengrocers, to support local businesses that way - they are cheaper than the farmers' market. Although convenience-wise, I go most often to the supermarket up the road - and that is the cheapest of all if I go at a time when the food that needs to be sold is reduced.

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
6/25/12 9:37 A

I don't go very often because while I love to support local farmers and businesses the ones in my area are very expensive and I can buy organic produce in Whole Foods for less. I usually get whatever looks good or use it as an opportunity to try new things. If you're unsure of how to cook something or what to use it with don't be afraid to ask for suggestions. Some of the things I usually buy (depending on the season) are: mushrooms, peaches, basil, apples, leafy greens, peppers, bread, cheese, and sorbet.

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6/25/12 4:22 A

I go to our local Farmers Market in Blackheath, London every fortnight and buy sea buckthorn
juice, honeycomb honey, mixed salad leaves, dandelion jam, goat's and sheep's cheese,
freshly pressed apple juice and artisan bread. The difference in taste in the food from super-
markets is enormous.

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6/23/12 9:53 P

Today was market day for me. I bought hothouse peppers and eggplant, baby cucumbers, strawberries, mixed salad greens, kale, spinach, green, I think that was it today. Oh, and some mango chutney. Sometimes I've bought other prepared goods, but I go mostly for the fresh fruit and veg. It is more expensive than the grocery store but I am fortunate enough to be able to afford it, and I like to support the local food system.

One thing I saw today, didn't pick up but want to is purple kohlrabi. Apparently you can saute the greens like you would kale, as well as cooking the bulb.

PRIM8PHD SparkPoints: (13,467)
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6/23/12 3:15 P

My Sunday walk to the farmer's market (about 2.5 miles away) has become one of my favorite weekly rituals. I always get what's in season, and have made it a goal to try something new each time I go. In addition to the mundane (but still delicious!) essentials (fresh heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, local bell peppers, and figs), I've picked up some random items, like purple kale, nopales, wheat berry sprouts, and graffiti cauliflower, that turned out to be unexpectedly delicious and totally fun to cook with. Find the strangest thing you can and look up recipes. You might love it or hate it, but if you get a small amount of it and try it out, you might find something you love and look forward to every season.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
6/23/12 10:25 A

I buy a lot of baked goods and cheese, sweet corn when the season comes. I'll buy some fruits & veggies, like raspberry, rhubarb, white onions, etc, but admittedly it's often cheaper to buy them at the grocery store.

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6/23/12 8:27 A

I wish I could go to the farmer's market...they have ours on Friday, when I have to work, and it starts after I get to work and ends before I go to lunch. I tried going on my 15-minute break, but it wasn't enough time to look around and buy anything.

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6/23/12 8:14 A

I went to the local farmer's market for the first time yesterday afternoon. There is not a whole lot in season at the moment but I got: some homemade tzaziki sauce, local organic olive oil, english cucumbers and a huge grassfed Waygu beef ribeye.

ANNAMOLLY Posts: 663
6/23/12 5:26 A

I live in London and the markets here are amazing! The one I go to every monday sets things out in bowls... and the portions are incredible (I got 15 small bananas last week) and everything is less than 1pound! I buy all my fruits and veggies for the week for less than 4 pounds. And halal is very popular out here as well... since its a permanent market they have butchers as well... I'm loving it!

JENNI_X Posts: 238
6/23/12 2:57 A

I live in Finland and I have to say, I can't afford to buy veggies at the market. I love the idea of buying fresh and supporting local business, but it's too expensive.

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6/23/12 2:42 A

I have a lovely Farmers' Market near me in Blackheath, London, England which sells the most
beautiful fresh vegetables, fruit, artisan breads, goats cheese, sheep's cheese, free range meats, honey, dandelion jam, sea buckthorn juice, etc. Although it is a bit more expensive than supermarkets, the quality is so much better.

6/22/12 11:36 P

I've been to the local farmers' market before, and it's pretty awesome! I've occasionally bought some interesting things there to try something new -- locally made seitan, for example -- but I usually stick with basics, like fruit that's in season. One thing I've been meaning to try there is the tofu scramble booth... I know how to make tofu scrambles and I make them at sometimes, but I'd love to see how someone else prepares it.

OOH, and I should mention that the farmers' market seems to be one of the few places around here where I can super fresh greens, like kale and Swiss chard. Are there any greens that people here like to get and want to recommend? I'm up for just about anything! :)

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
6/22/12 11:00 P

It is a perfect opportunity to try something new! Have a look around and see if there is anything you don't recognize, then take a leap of faith and buy it! The seller probably has some tips on how to serve it/cook it, you will just need to ask

6/22/12 9:52 P

Does anyone here have a local farmers' market where they can go to get healthy, fresh, local food? If so, what do you buy?

My suburb holds a weekly farmers' market down the street from my apartment, on every Saturday morning during the summer and fall months. I'm hoping to go tomorrow morning so I can buy some fresh fruits and veggies... and maybe even try something new!

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