Friday, December 7, 2012

The Farmer's Market

"I am not a pig farmer. The pigs had a great time, but I didn't make any money."  - Willie Nelson

   I feel lucky to live in a part of the country that has so many farmers' markets each week. Every Saturday, we hit the market in our local old town, where local honey, fruits, and vegetables are sold by local farmers. So far, the turnout for vendors and buyers alike is good. When The Wife and I first got interested in the concept, I did a search for local outdoor markets where we could support our local growers and get produce that was as fresh as it gets. For us here in California, a great site is the Certified Farmers' Market. I looked around and it gives fairly current listings of farmers' markets near you. 
   Each market is different, offering a variety of vendors and products. Beyond the fresh produce, you'll find the bird lady, local jewelers, etc. There are typically some food choices too. We've run into bakers, health enthusiasts, a crepe stand, and various ethnic foods that really add another yummy element to the trip. The kids look forward to the kettle corn booth, where they can get the blue colored "cotton candy" flavored corn. Their blue tongues and sticky hands prove it's been a good day for them.
   So look up where your nearest farmers' market is, and check it out. You'll be glad you did.


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