Monday, August 25, 2014

Farmers Markets

My family loves going to the Farmers Markets.  We have two here, and neither are huge, but they both attract a fair amount of people.  The season is fairly short here, but we try to go every Saturday when they are going on.  Sometimes Elliott and I go back on Tuesday or Thursday if we didn't buy enough the Saturday before, but usually we are able to plan appropriately.  If we miss it on Saturday, it somehow messes up our entire week.

This weekend we went to both of them.  We mainly went for zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, and snap peas.  We ended up getting all those things, plus tomatoes, okra, carrots, yellow squash, hot sauce, and homemade pie.  When we find that many veggies we want at the farmers market I consider it a great day.  It makes shopping for veggies for the rest of the week easier, and Elliott is much more likely to eat the veggies from the farmers market without a fuss.  We buy mostly organic when it's available here, and since most of the farmers at the market farm organically, it's great for our family.  Plus the prices are typically pretty close to the same as what is available at the grocery store, only at the grocery store the stuff isn't organic!

We had a potluck at church yesterday and I made a veggie tray, and zucchini muffins to take.  Since my son and I are both on a pretty restrictive diet, I always try to take healthy choices that we can actually eat. :)  That's easier to do during summer when fresh veggies are plentiful.

That picture is just part of what we ended up buying.  We bought a couple of large zucchini that aren't in the picture and another bag of ones that are about the size of the ones in the picture.  We eat a lot of zucchini at our house when it's in season.  This is the only time of year that I have no trouble getting at least six or seven servings of veggies into everyone in my family without any complaints, so I take advantage of it. :)

Do you go to farmers markets?  What are your favorite choices?


JRFrugalMom and Family said...

It looks like you found some great produce at the farmer's market. We gotta go pretty far to get to a decent farmer's market, and at this time of the year the produce just don't hold up well in the heat.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Yes, we do use the Farmer's Market. We really like getting our apples from there. Jason's mom works at the other one across town, so we like to stop in there and visit her occasionally too.

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