2009-09-14

I love farmers' markets

A few weeks ago, they just opened a new Farmers' market near us in the Irvington neighborhood, so we decided to go check it out this weekend. It was a fairly small one, but had a really good selection.

Farmer's Market Haul

We made quite a haul - a dozen farm-fresh eggs; we got a japanese eggplant, green beans, a yellow onion, and fresh sliced pork for a miso stir fry; we got some gorgeous beets, a purple pepper, green onion and ground pork for a borscht soup; we got some huge radishes to make radish sandwiches; we got some handmade tamales to have for a lunch or dinner this week, and we got a huge bunch of dahlias to decorate the apartment.

Farmer's Market Haul

There are a lot of reasons I like farmers' markets. You get to meet the people who are growing and making the food you are eating. You support your local economy, which supports you, yourself. You get fresh food, that is probably not over-processed, sprayed with nasty chemicals, or irradiated. The stuff tastes great. You get to meet people who live in your area, mingle with them, eat some food together, smile, have a chat. It gives you a feeling that you belong to something, and aren't just an individual person living in an individual apartment leading a separate life.

Farmer's Market Haul

Anyway, we love going. It's a great experience, you get something great out of it, give something important to people in your area, and experience some community. If there's one near you, try it out sometime. Plan a recipe, and go there to get the food for it. Or, just go and pick up some stuff, and make a recipe out of what you got :)

Cheers!

Farmer's Market Haul

Farmer's Market Haul

Farmer's Market Haul