Ever take a drive up to the country just because? The difference in air is so refreshing!
Now would be the best time to head north as there are bustling farmer’s markets at every turn just bursting with fresh produce. Shopping for local food is an amazing way to get the best quality, for lower prices. Shopping in season is so easy throughout the summer months because of how accessible things like asparagus and strawberries are. In winter we revel in warm comfort food but with this recent heat wave (and all those to come) bring on the salads full of crunchy goodness!
Here are some great tips on what to look for when you frequent a farmer’s market:
This is so easy to come by this time of year and quite cost effective. A lot of farmers are organic certified but many aren’t because of the cost to obtain certification. That being said, many farmers follow organic procedures even though they are not certified so be sure to chat them up about their produce.
Farm fresh eggs
There is nothing like whipping up a vibrant YELLOW omelet with some farm fresh eggs. Lots of farmers have chickens on the side providing them with a bit of extra income. Farm eggs are usually less costly than grocery store eggs at about $4 a dozen, and there’s a good chance they were laid that morning so take advantage while you are there.
You can be sure to always find at least one honey farmer on site so keep your eyes peeled for that natural sweetness. Bee farmers are an essential part of keeping bees from becoming extinct and they rely on our support!
This one may be a bit tricky to come by in our neck of the woods but if you are traveling to areas where fishing is a thing then take advantage of the freshness that comes with each catch of the day.
Not everyone has a palette for moose but don’t be afraid to try something new. The benefits of wild game are abundant as you can get quality meat without the added hormones and antibiotics that come from factory farming.
You will definitely find some homemade baked goods at most markets so make sure to follow your nose and indulge in some artisanal breads.