Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Farmers Market Fun

This past weekend we had a ton of farmers market fun.  We hit up the Raleigh Farmers Market instead of our usual Durham one.  We got a TON of goodies!  Check out our haul.

The haul:
  • 1 sm bunch of asparagus
  • 1 huge long cucumber
  • 1 lg loaf of french bread
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 7 peaches
  • 1 pint of strawberries
  • 1 bunch of beets
  • 3 zucchini
  • 3 yellow squash
  • 1 huge bunch of cilantro
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 sm bunch of broccoli
  • 1 bouquet of flowers
  • (2 cans of {diet} dr. pepper b/c we we're dying!)
total price: $36

Not a bad price for it all considering it was all local (minus the pop soda).  We filled up both our bags that we bought.  Most of this food isn't USDA certified organic (some was) but I feel good about buying from local farmers who treat their land and produce well.  Most often if you talk to the actual farmers who grew those potatoes, lettuce etc they'll let you know what if any chemicals,  fertilizers etc go into their land.  Most of the time you'll find that despite not being certified organic - it's probably just as good (or better).  This is why farmers markets rock.  Also the food tastes amazing!

Things I love about farmers markets: the people, the babies, the old people, the free samples (whole strawberries as 'samples'? yes please!), the low prices of in-season produce, the discounted prices late in the day, the kids who run their parents cash registers, the pups (only at some markets), the first timers looking for things like bananas or lemons (gotta love their effort) & obvi the food.

What's on the menu for this week?  Cilantro pesto, sweet potato soup, fresh fruit parfaits, beet salads, sandwiches and more!


  1. YAH! i love farmers markets. i cant wait til the one near us opens in june :) xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  2. Wow, ya'll are going to be glowing from eating all of those fresh fruits and vegetables!

    This must have been the week for farmer's markets to kick it in high gear, I've seen a lot of bloggers showing off their market goods!

  3. Ooh I love Farmer's Markets as well. I always have a great time!

  4. yeay for farmers markets. I went to the one by my house this weekend too! there is a crepe stand there i can't live without!

  5. I love farmers markets! Shopping local is so important. And I always think the strawberries in particular taste so much better!


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