Farmers Market Finds

Happy Weekend.

My alarm clock!

Today I wanted to walk away from the farmers market with a couple of new-to-me items.

Not that carrots are new, but purple carrots are.

And patty pan squash.  Have you tried it?  How did you make it?  I may roast the squash, eggplant, and peppers to have on-hand for the week.

Mmmm…apples!  Local apple growers will have a smaller crop this year due to weather.  Most orchards will not have pick-you-own options just so the precious apples that are on the trees are picked with care and don’t go to waste.  I will stick to the pick-my-own by way of the market or going directly to my favorite orchards.

Today’s bounty

What are you cooking this weekend?  I’m going to a family dinner tonight–my dad is grilling burgers and I’m in charge of bringing the pretzel rolls.  Check out Pretzilla!  And to keep it extra healthy, Cybros sprouted hamburger buns, too!

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

Did you know it’s National Farmer’s Market Week?  I didn’t but a shout out to my friend Phil for the text to tell me about it.

(Side note – I appreciate blog post ideas from friends and when it’s from a guy friend, that’s classic.  Thanks Phil!)

I go to the market nearly every weekend and am fortunate that Madison has a year-round market.  Granted the pickings are slim in the Winter, but you can still buy greens and a few goodies. But when Spring rolls around and the first crops are popping up and color overflows at the market stalls, I’m a happy camper.  When I lived in Milwaukee I’d visit the West Allis Farmers Market – the Saturday market starts at 2pm giving farmers an opportunity to pick crops in the morning and bring them straight to the market.  Fresh, fresh, fresh!

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture declared this week Farmers Market Week as a way to bring awareness to the benefits of the markets.  The proclamation states:

WHEREAS farmers markets are important outlets for agricultural producers nationwide, providing them with increased marketing opportunities; and

WHEREAS thousands of farmers markets across the country offer consumers fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthful products sold directly from the farm; and

WHEREAS farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support the sustainability of family farms, revitalize communities, and provide opportunities for farmers and consumers to interact.

On the way to the Market

Some people go to the Saturday market for produce, some people go for coffee and hot cheese bread (really).  You can probably guess which group I’m in!  Farmers market shopping has always been something I’ve enjoyed.  I remember going with my grandparents when I was little and I’d always take a few minutes to run out of my office in Chicago to buy fresh goods during the week at one of the downtown markets.

Need to find a market near you?  Use the USDA National Farmers Market Directory and go visit a farmer.

What’s fresh at your local market?