As the weather warms and green things begin to grow again, most of us look forward to the start of the farmer’s markets. We love following the natural progression of the seasons, starting with spring asparagus, artichokes, and radishes.
Soon after, peas and lettuce start coming, gradually leading into summer when strawberries, peaches, and tomatoes start to show. One of my favorite things about farmer’s markets is the opportunity to try new things, like purple carrots, scapes, and, a new favorite, husk cherries.
I hope you have had the chance to experience a market, as they grow more popular, there really is no excuse to miss out!
If you are looking for a local market, here are a few places to check out:
The USDA Website
The USDA has a Farmer’s Market Directory. All you need to do is enter your zip code and select the distance you’re willing to travel. A list of locations will pop up.
Local Harvest works to connect people with the farming community around them. They help locate not only farmer’s markets, but CSA’s, co-ops, u-pick farms, and even restaurants that feature locally grown foods.
Sometimes it’s easier to go directly to the source, especially when buying in bulk. Many Organic, local farms are open to the public, and if you call ahead, they may even give you a tour! Our favorite local farm to get Organic, grassfed beef and chickens is Alden Hills Organic Farm.
I hope these resources help you find a local market. Buying from your local farmer supports your city’s economy, strengthens your relationship with your community, and helps you to get the freshest possible produce and meats!