Today I am joining Diana from Saving By Making for her farmer’s markets series. She has a link-up with that is featuring small farmer’s markets. If you have a post about farmer’s market near you, link-it up. But, also check her current list to see if you can find one that is close to you.
I know most of you are not local, but if you are have you tried the Rolla’s Saturday Farmer’s Market? This time of year it is really beginning to pick up, and you can get anything from farm fresh eggs, to home baked goods, and really amazing fresh strawberries. A favorite from last year I can not wait for us the watermelons. I never knew how good watermelons could be!
As of last Saturday there were 20 booths, a really good size farmer’s market for how small Rolla was. I got there kind of late, and so the selection was not as good. I suggest getting there before 9, though 8 is better.
I love eating what I can locally. Even if it were not for me wanting to support local economy the tastes alone of real tomatoes, strawberries, ect. that were picked because they were ready instead of because they could travel is worth it.
Here are a few of the things I have gotten so far this year:
- Strawberries that taste like strawberries
- Yummy tomatoes
- Baked goods from different booths
- A wooden hand cut alphabet puzzle (I know, it is not food)
- aprons for the kids (I know, it is not food)
- Some amazing gouda
- Green onions
Things I look forward to as the summer progresses, based on previous years:
- peaches that taste like peaches (I hope, not sure how well they did this year)
- pickling cucumbers (hope to put up a lot more LF pickles this year as I ran out part of the way through winter)
- cabbage (and lots of it for sauerkraut)
- yellow squash
I love the atmosphere of shopping at the farmer’s market. I enjoy getting to talk to the people who grew, or made, the food. I like the taste of properly ripened foods.
Want to read my advice on how to shop at a farmer’s market? Here is a post on that.