Over the weekend I had the chance to go to a couple of local farmers markets in my area. It was actually pretty interesting, and the produce available was delicious. The best part of all is that I got the chance to talk to the growers face to face. Small time farmers are a dying breed; since, at the moment, they are the only way to get food that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals, we really need to support them by purchasing from them. We can help lower prices by increasing the demand!
The first farmers market I went to on Friday afternoon. It was rather small so I was a little disappointed there. But, we bought some potatoes, onions and watermelon, all grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides. The surprise was the difference in the taste! The food was great!
One of the farmers that was there had a great selection of homemade jams, jellies and pickles. We purchased some Apple Butter and some Strawberry Pineapple jelly. We used the Apple Butter in a delicious compote for a chicken dish, it was so much better than what you can get in a store!
When I asked about meat and milk availability, they told me about another farmers market they travel to that was larger. So, Sunday we took a trip to the other farmers market, and we were very pleased with what we found!
The larger farmers market had so many more products. We found homemade organic granola, organic herb plants, fruits, vegetables and even meat from free range chickens and grass-fed beef. There’s no question that many of the organic products were more expensive than in a grocery store. However, by spreading the word about the health benefits of organic foods versus the health risks from store bought produce, we can get more people buying from local farmers. This will increase the demand, and lower the prices.
What, exactly, can you find at a farmers market? Obviously this will vary, depending on your location, but in general, farmers markets can carry any of the following products:
- All natural, soy candles
- Naturally grown herbs
- Organic plants
- Organic fruits & vegetables
- Meats, eggs and milk produced without pesticides & antibiotics
- Homemade jams, jellies, butter and other all natural products
If you have a hard time getting your children to eat fruits and vegetables, you may want to try organic varieties! I was so surprised at how different the organic foods taste!!! My children have been eating fresh, healthy fruits all weekend that normally they wouldn’t touch, which is progress in my book! 🙂