Saturday marked the annual opening of the farmers' market. I have to confess that I was beyond excited for this. I was practically giddy to go. Since I go to the market every Saturday I am in town, and I believe in supporting local agriculture, I thought I would start posting what I get after each trip.
I know it is more expensive to buy produce at the local farmers' market, but it also tastes better, is better for you, and supports local business. Since I go to the market regularly, I've gotten to know quite a few of the venders, and I want to support them. I always buy at least one packet of ravioli from The Pasta Wench, even though its $8, because it is delicious and is such a treat for us to enjoy. I am so proud of how she is growing her business, and I want to encourage her to keep going. If we have our own business one day, I hope people will support us.
I also buy something from the family at the end with a bazillion kids. Some of the kids are young – maybe 5 or 6, but they can talk to adults, count back change, and explain what the produce is. I want to support that. Plus its hard to say no when one of the little ones holds out a container of something green and says, "Don't you want to try a pea shoot?" in their most cute and convincing voice. I think I even paid $5 for a tiny bouquet of hand picked wildflowers from one of the little girls once because I just couldn't resist.
Yes, I spend more at the farmers market than I would at the grocery store. But it encourages me to get out and build relationships in my community, it makes me think more about eating seasonally and locally, and it helps me support local business. Plus I ran into my friend Athalia whom I hadn't seen in way too long.
So, without any further ado, here is what I got at the market on May 7th:
1 bag of spinach and spring mix – $3.50
1 bag of arugula – $3.50
1 head of romaine – $3.00
Spring onions – $3.00
Sun dried tomato with goat cheese ravioli – $8
Two packs of roasted red tomato and basil fettuccini – $10
Framed artwork by local photographer – $25
Total Spent: $56 ($31 if you don't include the artwork which was a complete splurge and isn't edible.)
I must tell you that it was worth every penny. That first salad I had with the arugula and spinach was incredible. After months of eating few greens, crunching on those first local greens was like tasting spring.