• Cheryl Therrien

    I live just down the street from our local farmer’s market. It’s interesting how many people do not know where their food comes from. I had a women tell me once that she thought chocolate milk came from brown cows… seriously. We depend far too much on processed foods. Some people only know this kind of food, which makes your lovely blog such a treasure.

    • Jeri Walker

      Cheryl, it used to amaze me how many high school boys I taught consistently ate a full-size bag of Doritos and a can of Red Bull for lunch. Ew. I’m sure their taste buds have been scared for life 😉

  • I went to my first farmer’s market in years on my walk yesterday. There were so many of the same veggies at several booths it’s hard to decide what to get where. I picked up a bunch of giant kale (well it’s giant to me LOL) from one booth for $2 and gave some to a coworker. I got a head of broccoli from another booth for $1.50.

    • Jeri Walker

      Cassandra, over time if you keep going to the same market you’ll naturally gravitate toward certain vendors. It’s fun to chat about the produce. Last weekend, a lady who sells goat cheese gave me an earful about the science of how she makes the cheese and why the flavor was tangier that week. Such info never comes up in a grocery store.

  • Jacqueline Gum

    There is a wonderful farmer’s market here in Charleston every Saturday. The only issue can be parking, but once you get past that it’s great fun. But admit to missing the summer days on my grandfather’s farm in West Virginia when I would run out to the garden and pick fresh tomatoes for breakfast! Nothing can beat that:) I think we tend to overlook the health benefit of eating locally grown food…trace minerals are so important

    • Jeri Walker

      Jacquie, I didn’t mention the Charleston Farmers Market since I didn’t have any good pictures of that one, but I have been there 🙂

  • Paul Graham

    I grow most of my own vegetables but buy all of the rest at Farmers’ Markets together with honey, fruit,berries and preserves. We are also fortunate here to have access to fresh fish and seafood and to farms which sell eggs, meat and free-range poultry on-site. In years to come, I expect people will be horrified at the amount of salt and processed sugars we consumed . For now, we need to be deeply sceptical of anything that comes in a package. I sympathize with those to whom fresh food prices are a genuine barrier but fully agree that in many cases it is simply a matter of poor priorities. We are what we eat ! We are also what we read, so thanks to Jeri, and to Susan for sharing !

    • Jeri Walker

      Paul, I really wish there were more places to get quality seafood in Idaho, but a few good places do exist. Most are supplied through the same fish market. We go there occasionally, but it’s a half hour away from home. My garden plot is small, but I have a friend who lives on a ranch and she keeps a huge garden which considerably helps cut down on grocery bills.

  • Hi, Jeri. Can’t wait until our local farmer’s market opens … should be soon. The quality of produce is so much higher than that in the supermarket. I only eat tomatoes in August and then usually only those from my garden. The ones in the store taste like cold plastic to me.

    • Jeri Walker

      Leora, the same goes for strawberries. I can’t stand the ones from the store. I’m so happy to have my raised garden beds back since we returned to our house. It’s so fun to go outside in the middle of the day and pick a few fresh sun-warmed berries to eat on the spot.

  • Nice post, Jeri. I love farmer’s markets! Living in an agricultural zone, we have terrific farmers’ markets locally spring thru fall. And whenever I travel, I always try and get to a farmer’s market in that destination so that I can see what’s growing as the region’s unique offerings. I couldn’t believe the size of the pecans when I visited a fresh market in Lima, Peru!

    • Jeri Walker

      Doreen, I would love to get a hold of some of those Peruvian pecans. I never gave them much thought until I lived down South and ended up trying pecan everything 🙂

  • We have 2 such markets here in our little town. One is open almost all year with the food in it changing with the seasons. The other one is strictly temporary. It’s just a open tent affair where only the local produce is sold.

    • Jeri Walker

      Glynis, you’re lucky to be near a market that’s open most of the year. That’s one thing I miss the most about living in Charlotte.

      • I didn’t think you lived that close to me. I’m just over the mountains in Tennessee.

        I grew up in Denver. No open markets there. Because of a cousin who had a ranch on the western slope of the Rockies, I was the only one in my group of friends who knew what an open market is.

        • Jeri Walker

          Glynis, I did live in NC for two years, but am back in Idaho now 🙂 I used to visit my cousin who lived in Bristol, TN when I lived down there.

  • Adrienne

    Hi Jeri,

    Well I live right outside downtown Houston so there really aren’t any in my immediate area. They do have some scattered around but only on certain days of the week. Now if I were to drive way out of town there are some that are there year round. I guess you could say I don’t visit them because of the distance and inconvenience of their locations. But I also am not a big cook either.

    ~Adrienne

    • Jeri Walker

      Adrienne, I don’t cook very much either. Hubby takes care of that. Who knows? Maybe some of your favorite restaurants make sue of produce from farmers markets.

  • Balln Chainz

    This is Jay

    There is nothing like a good farmers market. I love when the local farmers get together every weekend in the singer and sell their goods. I would rather spend extra money at a farmers market and get good quality than pay the over inflated price at a super market for the Crap they sell.

    • Jeri Walker

      Jay, I’d much rather give a few cents extra to a local farmer than pay for bland berries imported from Chile 😉

  • Jon Jefferson

    The local foods and craft beer movements have grown hand in hand. There are several markets in my area with one of them having been in operation for well over 30 years now.

    It’s great to see awareness grow of our food sources as well as what goes into our foods. Sadly at times this brings out some who still don’t understand the process so they fight against things they find “icky.”

    • Jeri Walker

      Jon, speaking of the process that goes into food… There was a segment on Jamie Oliver’s show where he made chicken nuggets in front of a group of kids, pulverizing all of the “icky” chicken bits odds and ends. It didn’t phase the kids at all so long as the end-produce looked like their beloved nuggets 🙂

  • Catarina Alexon

    Farmer’s markets are popular all over the world. We had Chelsea Farmer’s Market in London, Britain already in the early 90’s.

    • Jeri Walker

      Catarina, I can imagine you’ve been to many markets being the world traveler that you are.