It’s Sunday again. Strolling on a street filled with stands of savory produce on a sunny Sunday is always a good idea. At the farmers market, I can pick up fresh produce at a bargain price and get tasty and healthy ingredients for cooking. But aside from taste and health considerations, there are more why I love to visit the farmers market.
- Connect with People
While visiting the farmers market in my city today, I chatted with a farmer who sold grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork. He told me how he raised cattle and pigs on his livestock farm two hours’ drive away and why he chose not to move to the city. He even explained to me the difference between organic meat and farm-raised meat. I sure learned quite a bit about things that I could not have learned in my daily routine.
The framers market creates a casual, carefree community center — a place to connect with farmers as well as people in your own community.
2. Discover New Foods
At the farmers market, I often find wonderful new produce that I do not usually see in a typical grocery store. It is a great opportunity to discover new food and find unique ingredients. Below are two unique foods I saw today at the farmers market:
3. Learn Cooking Tips
Many times when I talk to vendors at the farmers market, they’ll give me recipe tips and meal ideas on how to best cook the particular food they’re selling. I find that most farmers are proud of their products and are genuinely passionate about sharing cooking ideas as opposed to merely making a sales pitch. Talking to them helps broaden my perspectives on cooking.
4. Enjoy the Season
As the produce at the farmers market are fresh from the farm, looking through the food at the farmer market connects me with the cycles of nature. As I see artichokes in the spring, beets in the summer, cauliflower in the fall, and leeks in the winter, my mind reconnects with the earth and the turning of the year – and I am engulfed with the enjoyment of the season.
If you visit your local farmers market, perhaps you’ll come across more delightful experiences than I do.