Happy Monday, readers! Hope your weekend was enjoyable :).
Something that is really important to Pete and I is eating locally as much as possible. During the summer months there is a farmer’s market about 20 minutes away that we go to often on Sundays. It is a bit of a hike and we were delighted to see signs recently that one had opened up in our very own town!
The market is open on Saturdays so we decided to check it out over this past weekend. Upon pulling up, we noticed it is relatively small compared to what we are used to. However, we figure since it is new, it’s possible that they are still adding vendors and that it will grow as time goes on. Nonetheless, we began to explore.
We arrived right as the market opened at 9:00 and most vendors were still setting up. There was an indoor and outdoor section, so we headed inside first because we noticed there were already customers shopping.
Pete was immediately drawn to the peaches, his favorite fruit, and stocked up on several. Also purchased at the indoor stand was some Jersey fresh corn!
We didn’t need any tomatoes this week, but I couldn’t help noticing the abundance of colorful, heirloom tomatoes at all of the stands. This is the season for them and I’m looking forward to buying some in weeks to come.
We were drawn to the next stand that had a huge sign advertising its CSA. Even though we were very pleased with Door to Door Organics, we’re still on the lookout for something more local. At this stand, the vendor was kind enough to let me try a berry I had never seen before…
…gooseberries! They are about the size of blueberries but are wrapped in a papery sort of shell that you pop off. The berry inside is a green color and has a vanilla/pineapple taste- yes, it’s as delicious as it sounds. Yet, two factors prevented me from purchasing. One, they were expensive at $6 a bag. Two, I thought it would be a bit annoying to remove them from the “paper”.
Looking back at how yummy they were though I do regret it and will most likely pick them up next week if I have the chance. Even though we didn’t purchase the berries, we picked up lettuce and a pepper from the stand.
I’d say the new market was a success and I’m pleased it’s closer to where we live. As we were leaving about a half hour later, more vendors were arriving. Next time we’ll get there a little later to hopefully experience the full market.
Do you shop for produce locally or at a supermarket?
Are there many farmer’s markets near where you live?