We are so lucky to live in an area that has several farmer’s markets. This week I went to our small town local market. It is held once a week throughout the summer, and never fails to offer superb quality, an amazing selection, and outstanding service. While I absolutely love the larger farmer’s market in Madison, our little local market is my go-to for weekly bargains.
This week I snagged imperfect (perfectly gorgeous and sure to be yummy!) tomatoes for $1/lb, equaling $1.75 for two huge toms. A heaping quart of red potatoes were just a dollar, and two big cucumbers for fifty cents apiece. My total produce bill: just $3.75 to supplement my garden offerings.
That’s just about a third of the farmer’s market. It’s not big by any means, but it is a great size for a town of about 8,000. It’s a wonderful way to support local farmers and local businesses. Besides fresh veggies, there is normally a vendor selling a selection grass-fed meats, a local bakery on hand, and a fresh lemonade and kettle corn vendor. Now, that’s what I’m talking about!
I’m always amazed by how clean these veggies look when presented at the farmers market. They take off the exterior layers and make them so shiny. Who wouldn’t be drawn to their presentation?
And yes, pictured above are the big ole tomatoes that I couldn’t leave without. This is the market that I will be going back to later this summer to see if I can land a great bargain on a case of tomatoes for canning. I did this a few years ago when my garden failed to produce any tomatoes and landed a big box of tomatoes for around ten dollars. A lot of times farmers will have extra imperfects that they can’t put out to sell. When you look at the pictures above, you can understand why tomatoes with broken skin wouldn’t fit in amongst blue ribbon produce. The tomatoes pictured are the discount bin, but even those are in great shape compared to some that I’ve seen in the boxes. The thing is, they are all still great for canning, as long as the major blemishes are removed.
Do you have a farmer’s market in your area, and if so- do you shop there?