My First Time at a Farmer’s Market
|January 29, 2009||Posted by Sarah under FAPC, Farms, Produce|
We are always talking about the benefits of buying local produce, but I have to admit that I don’t always practice what I preach. I normally go to one of the supermarkets near my house every time I go shopping. And while I do choose Florida products at those stores, it’s not the same as buying something that was grown in your own community. Since I had never actually been to a farmer’s market, fellow blogger Erin and I took a trip to The Grower’s Market at Lake Ella yesterday to see what it’s all about.
Our first stop was right in the middle of the market. There were greens, radishes, turnips and other veggies laid out in front of us. The men selling them told us they were grown in Monticello, about 30 minutes from here. I wish I could remember the name of their farm (sorry if you see this!). Erin bought a big bag of mustard greens from them that looked really good. I eyed a bag of boiled peanuts on the table but stopped myself because I knew I would have them eaten by the end of the day.
After buying the greens, we walked around a little more and eventually came to a tent for Cut Flower Farm. We were drawn in by these sunflower sprouts that neither of us had ever had. The owner, Sandi Dutton, let us try them, and they were very tasty! I will definitely go back to get some next time I am doing a big salad for dinner. We talked to Sandi for about 15 minutes about her flower farm, the market, our new blog and FAPC (we love meeting our members!). Check out her website here: http://www.cutflowerfarm.net/. Erin actually bought some rosemary while we were there. I want to go back to visit her in the warmer months to see all the flowers! She grows her flowers, herbs and lettuces at her farm in Havana and brings them to the market every week (and also goes to the one in Market Square on Saturdays).
So that was our trip in a nut shell. It could just be the time of year, but the market wasn’t as big as I had expected. Nevertheless, we had a good time walking around and checking out everyone’s tables. It seemed like they all knew each other, both the sellers and the buyers… totally different than at the supermarkets (unless, of course, you live in a small town). It was like this market was a meeting place for old friends. I will be going back as new crops come into season and checking out some of the other markets around town in the meantime.
Now enjoy these baby ducks that we saw in the lake.