Monday, July 2, 2012

Ye Ol' Farmer's Market.

Do you ever discover something in your own community that you didn’t know was there and then you think, “How did we live without this?” I am so lucky because that just happened to me. We have a farmers market. One with eggs, cheese, produce, hormone free meat, maple syrup, bread. This place is so amazing! I hate grocery shopping but this, this is something else. It’s like living in the English country side and stopping at the market and... Well, you get the idea.

One of the things I hate most when it comes to cooking is figuring out what to feed us. And, it really bothers me that when I shop the produce most of it’s coming from Mexico and California even if it’s stuff we totally grow in Michigan, and I never actually know what’s in season since they always have everything. This solves all the problems. I go on Saturday before I’ve made my list and I buy what they have which is what’s in season and it’s so fun and inspiring I don’t have any problems filling in the rest of the grocery list.

Last week I bought free range, grass fed, hormone free blah blah blah Italian sausages. Sauteed up some peppers and onions and added spicy mustard. For desert we had rhubarb, strawberry crumble with home made ice cream (I’ve never used rhubarb before and it was so cool). It was such a simple, delicious meal. So wonderful! Any way I’m not sure how I cooked or ate before I found this delightful market. It’s quick too, even though it’s further away then the grocery store it takes me half the time to get what I need and I can chat up the vendors (one is bringing me, wait for it, raw milk to try!!!)

potatoes, eggs, zucchini, squash, onions, hamburger, bacon,
corn on the cob, maple syrup, and blueberries.
I spent $20 that seems reasonable for all that
local goodness.
What about you, do you have something awesome like this in your town? What’s your favorite thing to buy local (this week I bought something called yellow zucchini). If your in the BC area it’s the Sprinfield farmer’s market at the park (you know the one by the military base where we had the church picnic that one time).


Susie Finkbeiner said...

Grand Rapids has SEVERAL farm markets. I love it. And the kids love to see all the farmers. Although, I think they were disappointed that they weren't wearing overalls and straw hats. :) Oh, city kids.

Anonymous said...

my mom keeps forgetting about it so I asked my mom if we could go sometime and she said well have to make it a point to go sometime yyyeeeaayy!!! ps its dani by the way