I made my first trip to our local farmers’ market today. It opens at 7 am; I got there about 8 am and was surprised at how crowded it was. I guess I shouldn’t have been; everyone was there early to avoid the heat as much as possible. There were quite a few vendors there. A lot of them had the same things, and all the prices were the same, as far as I could see. Generally, everything was priced less than the grocery store – from 25% to 50% less.
I got peaches from South Carolina! Yay! They look really nice; they’re in my windowsill ripening some more. I got beefsteak tomatoes that look nice too; they’re ripening as well. Got some really nice red potatoes, which I have already roasted – yum. And I got zucchini. I have the recipe for zucchini bread out on the counter.
There were lots of other things that I would have gotten, but I can only eat so much produce in one week. I’m definitely going back next week. The only thing I didn’t see that surprised me was corn; maybe no one around here is growing it. I didn’t see any strawberries either; maybe I just missed them. There were nice-looking peppers, and blueberries, and watermelons. The only type of lettuce I saw was romaine; one person had cabbages.
I was hoping to find some homemade jam, and there was a family there selling it, but a smallish jar of blackberry jam was $6.75! That’s about twice the price of Smucker’s in the store. I’m sure it’s delicious, but I just can’t justify that.
Anyway, my first venture to the market was a definite success. It’s on my list of regular Saturday morning outings, and I’ll definitely be eating healthier as a result.