Summer Pick’n…at your local Farmers Markets

Farmer’s Markets

Nothing tastes better than a juicy tomato, ripened by the sun, just picked from the garden. While the concept of Farmers’ Markets is obviously not a new one; Farmers have bartered and sold goods as far back in history as agriculture itself. Today’s farmers’ market is not just a place to buy food, but a social affair. The festive atmosphere of sights, sound and color helps to bring people to markets, where they can talk with vendors about how the produce was grown and how it can be prepared.

It is generally accepted by most farmers’ markets that stall holders must have grown, bred, caught, pickled, brewed or baked the goods themselves. Their main emphasis is to help local producers and processors to sell their goods direct to the public, near their source of origin, creating benefits to them, the environment and the local community.

In addition to the freshest in-season produce, many also offer flowers, cheeses, baked goods, jams, fruit juices, local artisans’ products, free-range chicken, and even seafood. Each market is unique and the types of produce and goods sold vary. Farmers’ Markets span the globe so check out the one nearest you or whatever city you may be visiting. And remember the freshest produce goes fast, so arrive early to get the pick of the crop!
For a list of Farmers’ Markets near you in the U.S.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/map.htm

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