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Farmer's Market Favs

Friday, June 01, 2012

Hey SparkPeeps. Today is Friday, which is all well and good. But tomorrow...tomorrow is the BEST day. Farmer's Market Day!

If you have a Farmer's Market in your town and haven't had a chance to check it out, I highly recommend it. Everything's fresh and delicious and a lot of it is organic too.

You might be surprised at what you can find there too. It's not all fruits and veggies. In fact, my favorite indulgences - and my very first purchases every week - include a fresh roasted cup of Egyptian coffee and a delicious asparagus egg tart or a homemade tamale with fresh green mole sauce. With deliciousness in tow, I begin my leisurely Saturday morning by taking one "lap" around to look at all the goods. Then, second time around, decide which items to purchase and take home.

Here are my Top 5 Farmer's Market finds - most of these I buy weekly. Because they are just SO good!

1. Spring Mix

I will admit...I have a special "salad guy". I don't know what it is about his spring mix, but I bought it one time last year and it was the most delicious and flavorful salad I've ever had! I'm talking JUST the green portion. After that one time, he never appeared again for the rest of the summer and I whined to my Farmer's Market Buddy, Christina, every single week, "WHERE is my salad guy???"

2. Heirloom Tomatoes

These sometimes look weird, color-wise. But they are delicious. There is just nothing like a fresh, Farmer's Market tomato. Well, maybe home grown...but if you don't have the discipline to garden (like me), Farmer's Market is your next best bet.

3. Green Onions

Green onions are standard and they are cheap in the grocery store. But you have never seen green onions like they have at the local market. They are, in my opinion, one of the best subtle ways to flavor a salad or really any sort of food. They are particularly great in eggs!

4. Goat Cheese

One of my favorite booths at the market is the goat cheese booth. There are at least 10 samples of different sorts of goat cheese, including CHOCOLATE (which actually tastes like chocolate cream cheese). So delicious! My personal favorite is garlic and herb. This stuff is pricey, but a wonderful splurge every so often.

5. Grass-Fed Beef*

*apologies to vegetarians if this grosses you out!

Just as I have my "salad guy", I also have my "meat guy". This farmer raises his cattle as grass-fed all the way up until just a couple weeks before slaughter and then finishes them off with corn. I simply can't say enough about his products. Absolutely the most delicious beef I have ever bought anywhere...hands down. And, while it seems expensive, when I actually compare it to grocery store prices, it's not too different. But, you know, steak is pricey...so it's maybe an every few weeks indulgence. The best part of this is that this farmer knows me and he knows what I like. He makes recommendations, but he always has my tried and true New York Strip ready when I walk up. That kind of service is priceless.

Anyone else have favorite Farmer's Market finds? I'm always up for trying something new!
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    As I increase my gardening, I find I go to the FM less and less. Ours has a trout guy. Fresh and Smoked. Talk about indulgent: But its awesome!
    2211 days ago
    I wish I lived where you do! To run and eat!!! Wow! I too love farmers markets! I am trying to decide which one I should go to this morning! I don't live far from the gulf of Mexico and we have a fisherman that shows up with fresh fish! Hope your salad guy is there!! Grab and eat a bunch of greens for me today! emoticon
    2211 days ago
    Yummy yummy yummy!! I'm going in search of fresh peas tomorrow. They taste so much better straight out of the shell. Mine in my tiny garden are already done :( I'm also hoping to score some raspberries! I get the spring salad mix from our CSA (and we're going to pick peas there this weekend). I need to figure out what to make with the beets we got last week!

    Half the stuff in our farmer's market comes from trucks (not local) so you have to ask what is from here. Unfortunately my daughters' favorites are the flowers and homemade cookies :)
    2211 days ago
  • AWOOD1973
    We are going tomorrow. We have a lady that sells the most beautiful grape tomatoes. I can buy a large bag full for about $4.00, twice as much as I can get at the grocery store. We walked around and my oldest had all but 3 eaten...needless to say we had to go back for more!! :)
    They also sell homemade beef jerk and awesome jams and jellies. Yum! My kids love going and walking around. We always leave with SOMETHING we can't live without! Lol
    2211 days ago
  • GAYLA1271
    I am now on a mission to find a Farmer's Market in my area. I know my small town does not have one but the bigger towns next to mine should. Thanks for sharing and posting the pics.
    2211 days ago
    Yummy! My farmer's market is more botanicals than edibles, but I do love whenever my local grocery store has heirloom tomatoes in stock. There is just NO comparison between grocery store Romas or slicers when it comes to heirloom tomatoes - the flavor is amazing! They do have some sort of meat counter inside, but I've never really looked to see if it's local meat or not. Your description of your local meat makes me think I'll have to check into that!
    2211 days ago
    Does THAT ever look GOOD!!!!!! Gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing. Farmer's Markets are the best. emoticon emoticon
    2211 days ago
    emoticon THANK YOU FOR SHARING ! emoticon
    2211 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    I loved your pictures. My Farmer's Market doesn't have goat cheese or meats. However, we have bread, pies, cakes and cinnamon buns. Oh, and the man who makes copper bird feeders and bird houses. And a woman who sells beautiful pens her husband makes out of wood. While some of the produce is local, some of it is from South Carolina or Georgia. But they sometimes have things that are way out of season, which makes me think they're getting it from the grocery store. Many people just set up at our market when they have enough to sell from their gardens in their backyard. I've sold baked goods for our church (all proceeds went to the Women's Shelter) at the Farmer's Market, too.
    2212 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    We don't really go to a farmer's market... but there is a large farm that opens up their own farm stand from about mid-June through October/November. I always LOVE it when they are open. I can leave with several bags of produce for less than $20... and it all tastes SO much better than stuff I buy at the grocery store.

    I live on tomato sandwiches throughout the summer so the big beefsteak tomatoes are always my favorite find at the farm stand. emoticon
    2212 days ago
  • GAYLE119
    Now I'm hungry!! emoticon
    2212 days ago
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    Looks yummy....

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  • COOP9002
    Thanks for sharing. The beef looks especially good.
    2212 days ago
  • BECKY3126
    One of my favorite things at our local Farmers Market is local Raw Honey. It is so good and it helps with allergies, so I make my kids peanut butter and honey sandwiches and it has pretty much made their allergies almost non-existent. I also love it in a cup of coffee instead of sugar.

    Don't you just love the Market though? I love to do the same as you and do a lap first and see what everyone has first (plus get a few samples of tomatoes, watermelon, etc) and then circle back around to get my purchases. Last time I walked out of there with tomatoes, Hatch green chili peppers, eggs, organic chicken, red onions and a tiny box of homemade toffee sprinkled fudge (this is still sitting on my counter because you can only handle one tiny taste at a time...it is super rich and I am not used to eating sweets like that anymore). It was a great day at the market and I am looking forward to tomorrows trip too!
    2212 days ago
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