I like to shop at our local Farmers Market. On Saturdays, I attempt to feed our 100-mile diet. The rest of the week, I am not as successful. It is a fun outing for the whole family. There is so much more to buy than fruit and vegetables. You can find arts, crafts, meat, dairy, homemade jellies and sauces, fresh baking and sometimes a live band.
Our children are fussy eaters. Visiting the market has grown their vegetable repertoire. Seeing varieties of produce in beautiful shades and colours has inspired them to try new things. My daughter was offered a raw brussels sprout, tried and liked it. I could not believe my eyes. Who knew you could eat them raw?! I thought they only appeared at Christmas boiled until they are pale green and mushy. (gag)
Meeting the farmers that grow the produce and chatting with them has given me a completely new outlook on vegetables. Feel free to ask questions, their answers might surprise you. Some of the easiest and delicious recipes I use have come from producers.
I realize that some prices are slightly more expensive compared to a large grocery store chain but you will find that many prices are cheaper. I think the quality and freshness of the produce is undeniable. It feels good to support family farms and local business. There is value in knowing how your food is grown and produced. I like feeling connected with neighbours and the community.
If you are looking for something to do with your family consider a visit to your local farmers market. Happy shopping!