Farmers Markets: Local Treasures
The perfect place to find fresh food and fun.
From Farm to Table
That's a popular phrase that makes anything it's referring to sound better. You just know that honey straight from a nearby farm is going to taste amazing. The same goes for any of the plentiful produce waiting for you at a farmers’ market.
Freshness is what makes farmers markets attractive. Most of the food you'll find there has been picked at the peak of its freshness and flavor. If you like peaches from the grocery store, you're going to love peaches from the farmers' market.
And if you have a picky produce eater at home, taking him or her to a farmers’ market may change everything. Surrounded by a festive atmosphere and vendors offering free tastes of things like gleaming golden raspberries or juicy purple pluots, your picky eater is bound to bite into something that triggers a smile.
Here are some tips for getting the most from your trip to the farmers’ market:
You may not need to be among the first arrivals for a weekday market, but weekend markets get busy fast. If you arrive too late, the best pickings may be gone.
Bring cash and reusable bags
Transactions will be easier if you have a pocket of small bills, and some vendors only accept cash. Plus, you need sturdy bags to carry your items home.
Talk to the vendors
The sellers want to talk about their fruits, veggies, jellies, and jams. Ask for buying and storing tips. They can often give you recipe ideas, too.
Be sure to check out a farmers’ market near you
When: June 10 - Oct 21
Time: Every Saturday, 8 am to 2 pm
Where: Pioneer Park, 350 W. 300 S., Salt Lake City, Utah
Time: Every Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 10th and Grove, Boise, Idaho
A farmer’s market can be the best place to find fresh food and fun. Tell us about your favorite market or food in the comments below.
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Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics