Ah, summer! The season of warmth that calls for long, lazy hours by the pool, hearty barbecue get-togethers, and cookouts. The timing is perfect because this also happens to be the best season to visit the local farmers’ market. These pop-up markets, bursting with summer colors and happy energy are your go-to for the freshest, healthiest fruits and vegetables.
Shopping at a farmers’ market is just as much enjoyable as eating all that produce. When you encounter tables and tables of fresh local food swathed in Nature’s most bountiful colors and smells, it can be a little hard to control yourself and you may end up buying things you won’t even eat.
So rather than filling your shopping bag with unnecessary foods that may go to waste, put these seasonal favorites down on your grocery list. These items are truly the best when bought from a local farmers’ market and you can enjoy the luscious, nutrient-packed taste all through the season!
1. Homegrown Honey
When it comes to sweetening homemade iced teas and whisking up a batch of salad dressings, local honey always scored high over regular, store-bought honey. Its taste is also completely unique, with each batch bringing in the essence of the surrounding trees, flowers, and fields. Beekeepers are now combining homegrown honey with a myriad mix of flavors and if your local apiary at the farmers’ market has bee pollen to offer, you’re in for a real treat!
Note: Make it a habit to ask where the honey has come from. Although this is a rare occurrence in farmers’ markets, some local vendors try to sneak in store-bought honey and pass it off as homegrown honey.
2. Freshly Baked Bread
There’s is nothing that smells more delicious than freshly baked bread. Farmers’ markets
Mushrooms are a delicacy that is hard to come by unless you want to go foraging in the forests. Besides, it’s totally unnecessary when your farmers’ market has so many vendors selling not just fresh mushrooms, but also oysters, shiitakes, and morels displayed in opulent bouquets, begging to be picked!
4. Grass-Fed Beef And Dairy
As with all types of organic food, the environmental impact of products derived from animals has much more to do with
Products from grass-fed animals not only taste better but are also much better for your health. For instance, grass-fed meat obtained from free-roaming buffalos and cattle is much lower in calories than that from their confined counterparts. Plus, it has been shown that grass-fed meat delivers a higher dose of omega-3 fatty acids that can boost brain and memory power and keep heart disease at bay!
5. Free-Range Eggs
The debate as to whether or not free-range eggs
Yes, it’s true that grocery stores and supermarkets sell loads of spices but farmers’ markets have a much wider, not to mention fresher range to offer. You can also be sure that these contain no added preservatives or artificial ingredients. Be it dried sage or thyme, cinnamon or chili pepper – there’s no spice that you won’t find in a good farmers’ market. Depending on your location, you could even ask for some hard-to-find ethnic varieties
Note: This list doesn’t include any fruits or vegetables but that doesn’t mean we don’t recommend you buy them from the farmers’ market. It’s a given that summer fruits and vegetables sold by farmers will always be your best bet, especially if you’re looking at peaches, berries, asparagus, tomatoes, onions, and rhubarb. So by all means, do include these in your grocery list. The focus of this article is on foods whose authentic, locally made or locally grown versions are tough to come by in conventional departmental stores, hence we suggest stocking up on them each time you find yourself visiting the farmer’s market.