I love Saturdays because I can go to our local farmers market. I love how the food is laying on tables displaying all of earths natural colors. At our farmers market the vendors have signs stating: grower, commercial seller or artisan.
Want to learn a little more about the farmer’s market? Mindful Meals has created a list of “5 Reasons Why I Shop at the Farmer’s Market“. Or check out Happy Healthy nut post on “How to Make the Most of your Farmers Market. Last but not least, check out Don’t Waste the Crumbs post “8 Strategies for Saving Money at the Farmers Market.” Her and I think alike! I love asking questions to the vendors. Often, they inspire me to think outside the box with my recipe creations. I love how they take pride in their farming and often teach me new information. Food from a farmers market or CSA tastes different from the grocery store. It tastes fresh, without a waxy taste. I also love giving back to my community. Going to the farmers market or belonging to a CSA helps local businesses succeed!
If you can not attend a farmers market, try finding a CSA near your house. My husband and I belong to an amazing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and this will help save money too! We get a ton of fruits and vegetables and pay $25 for a weekly basket. Conveying Awareness has written a great blog entry about her CSA box.
During the summer, we rarely venture to the grocery store, perhaps once a month because we get all our food needs through the farmers market or CSA. Don’t forget, we buy our meat in bulk from a local farmer.
Farmers Market Produce Recipes
Chilled Strawberry Watermelon Soup
Cherry Mint Lemonade
Lemon Blossom Spring Smoothie
Microgreens Fruit Salad
Pan Fried Apples with Dates
Spring In A Bowl
Radish and Leek Soup
Grilled Garlic Scapes
Chili-Lime Roasted Asparagus
Spring Asparagus and Fennel Saute
Chilled Gold Beet Soup
Salsa with Cucumbers
Curried Cream of Kale and Coconut Soup
Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint & Sea Salt
Kale Citrus Kale-salad
Lacto-Fermented Carrot Sticks
Baby Kale Salad with Nectarine Balsamic Dressing
Carrots with Rosemary and Thyme
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
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