A Farmer’s Market Morning

It was 56 degrees out this morning when I threw on a sweater and headed over to the farmer’s market. Through my window I could hear the guitar and singing of a local musician who had braved the morning chill to be there long before I woke up.

Three depths of field on farmer's market produce

My very first visit to a farmer’s market happened my sophomore year of college. I was actually there to work on a depth of field project for photography, but the introduction stuck with me none the less.

Now, eight years later, I live across the street from one. Sure, it means that I have to practice evasive, pedestrian dodging driving techniques if I wish to go anywhere beyond walking distance on a Saturday morning, but it also means that it’s right there when I wish to go.

There are four things that I love about shopping at the farmer’s market.

Acorn Squash at Farmer's Market
1. I’m supporting local people. We do have folks who come from outside of the county, but they’re still part of the greater Michigan community.

Farmer fillings pints of tomatoes

Farmer conversing with some of his customers

2. You never know what you’ll find there. Sure, you can check what’s in season, but farmer’s market is more than just produce. There’s also baked goods, canned goods, fresh food, woodworking, etc. and it varies from week to week. Not that the produce can’t be unusual as well.

fresh lemon pies

Fresh Golden Hubbard which are actually orange

3. It’s fresh. Because it’s local, in season and hasn’t ripened en transit I find that the food I purchase at farmer’s market is fresher and lasts longer.

four colors of bell peppers

4. It’s economical, aka cheaper.

A great price means an empty basket of red potatoes

Here’s the breakdown of my spending this morning:

1 pint each Yukon gold and red potatoes (approx 5-6 lbs total) – $4
1 pint cherry tomatoes – $1
1 pint bartlett pears – $1.50
4 bell peppers (yellow, red, green & purple) – $2
1 loaf of Great Harvest cinnamon bread – $6.50
Total: $15

5. Eating it. I know I said there were four, but really, eating it is the best part ;)

Cinnamon bread from Great Harvest Bread Co. and fresh bartlett pears


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