May 7, 2011
Farmers Market Saturday - The Season Opens!
Today's market was a small but lovely start to the season. Not too many people around at 8:30am when the opening bell rang and the weather wasn't too cooperative, but all in all a nice market.
There were plenty of garlic, onions and leeks:
As well as lovely lettuce mixes:
And my favourite treat - lavender shortbread cookies:
Yes, I could get green onions at the grocery store for 89 cents. I could buy a head of lettuce for $1. But there is something so incredibly satisfying about talking to the people who were out in their field at 5am this morning, picking lettuce for my salad. I know where my food comes from when I shop the market. I know who grows it and that they don't use pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
I recognize the baker that makes gluten-free treats. I go see the same lady with the little boy that grows bigger every year to buy my spinach. I even shop at the refrigerated truck that sells organic sausages (buffalo too!)
Yes, it's more expensive. But I'd rather cut back on a Starbucks latte and put that $3-$4 toward a trip to the market and know what I'm eating and where it comes from.
If you have a local farmers market, why not support it and the growers this season? It's definitely money well-spent!