I love the summer. Between vacations, pool time, trips to the beach and BBQ’s there’s so much fun to be had. But summer is also when all those hard working farmers reap the benefits of their hard work, prep and planning. And it’s when we get to, quite literally, enjoy the fruits of their labor. With that in mind I took a trip to the farmer’s market this week to see what they had to offer. I wasn’t disappointed.
I like the farmer’s market because buying seasonal produce offers several advantages:
Like many places, we have different types of farmer’s markets. Some are strictly seasonal, and you’ll see them for a few weeks/months each summer. Others, like the one we went to, are year-round markets that offer a host of different products depending upon the season. Some may even have an international flair, importing goods that you would not find at your traditional grocery store. Take a look at what we found:
I love to roast fresh zucchini in an herb flavored olive oil. It goes great with just about any protein source.
I usually cut up bell peppers and have them over a salad. I can also roast them and include them in a stir fry.
I love peaches and plums. They’re an easy-to-carry summer time snack!
For me, nothing embodies summer more than fresh cherries. I had to pick some up and the price couldn’t be beat.
Of course, the farmers market had more to offer than just fruits and veggies. I found amazing prices on high-quality beef and chicken. Since this is an international market, my wife was able to find some special cooking ingredients for use in our favorite dishes. Needless to say, I was quite happy with my trip!
The summer months allow us to eat many of our favorite fruits and veggies when they’re at their freshest. You can further take advantage of the season by visiting your local farmer’s market. Today’s article showed just a few examples of what you can expect to find.
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