Farmer's Markets

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  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    I love summer even though the weather is not always warm here where I live. One the many things I love is the abundance of fresh fruit and veggies.
    Where I live there is a very old farmers market walking distance from my house:

    As you can see it has been here for a long time. Here is a current photo.


    Great organic produce, good prices and fun. There is a woman that plays an electric guitar made out of a washboard and she also plays a saw. There is steel drum player and sometimes suprises there.
    Right now I'm munching on a delicious necatarine I got at the market.
    I have noticed lots of farmers markets springing up around here in the last couple of years. These markets are smaller and seem more boutique style. They are usually more expensive than the Alemany Farmers Market by my house.
    Is this just a local thing or is it happening in other places around the country and around the world?
    Do go to a farmer's market where you live?
  2. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I like farmer's market gigs. They don't usually pay too well but they're fun and casual. Most farmer's markets down here are held in parks but I've been seeing more and more "brick and mortar" farmer's markets.
  3. There are several around here, the produce tastes better from them.

  4. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Big fan of farmers markets. I prefer to keep my dollars local, my food close to the earth and to cut out the middleman whenever possible. Farmers markets fit the bill on all counts.
  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Love 'em! We have a few near us now, and we buy from them all. It's a special kind of feeling for me to talk to the farmers and learn about how much they love the land and what they produce, then hand them my cash in exchange for their hard work.

  6. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I like farmers markets, second only to growing my own produce.
  7. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    They are multiple ones in my town, they're pretty common. At least 3 I can think of off the top of my head, but I know there are more. They'll set up in a parking lot or vacant lot one day a week, do their selling and then break everything down again until the same day the next week. It's all awesome stuff too! Way better than you can get in the average chain grocery store. I don't go to those enough now that I think of it. I'm going to have to make a point of trying to frequent them more often. Although my main store is called Mother's Market and their wares rival pretty much anyone anywhere. The farmers markets are cool though, I should support them more.
  8. hypapanuse

    hypapanuse Inactive

    Apr 2, 2013
    We also have several in the area. Sometimes you can get some super deals, but if not , it's always better quality. My wife still "cans" so we are already looking for certain items. Yummy in the dead of winter.
  9. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    It's almost time for our annual pesto day. Every year we buy a lot of basil at the farmers market and spend the day making enough pesto for the year. We put it in Mason Jars and freeze it. :hyper:
  10. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    We have a small farmers market down the street from my house .

    Ran primarily by an attractive female in her mid twenties .

    It's pretty hot here this time of year so tank tops and short shorts are a must for working the farmers market .

    Its a fairly busy market.....
  11. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    LOVE our local farmer's market! The kids love it too. We go almost every Saturday morning. Ours also does a really cool thing downtown on Wednesday evening. Beer, veggies, music, homemade deserts = fun. The weather didn't cooperate this week for that but we go as often as we can.
  12. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Photos please?
  13. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    The "farmers markets" in Madison tend to be upscale and expensive, until pretty late in the season when the vendors start cutting prices to get rid of inventory. It's still nice to get some things really fresh, but hopefully our backyard garden will soon be doing that for us.
  14. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Yep, quite often. I prefer just going directly to the farmer (or rancher, or fisherman) in many cases though. The farmer's markets were a great way to make those connections happen though...;)
  15. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    Every city of any size will have a farmer's market. It may not be individual shopper friendly but most vendors will sell to you just as quick as they do to the local grocery stores and restaurants.

    As big cities go, Birmingham Alabama is a berg and it has a decent size farmers market where most of the city's produce comes in to be distributed out to stores and eatery's.

    They also have an old Dr Pepper bottling plant that's been rehabbed and turned into upscale retail and office space and they have a more trendy and upscale organic farmers market there on summer weekends. There are also several downtown office towers opening their lobbies once a week to the same organic produce mongers, so we have both an ordinary commercial market as well as several organic markets every week.

    To top it all off there is a local chain of three organic produce stores in the area. They are all located in fairly new, upscale neighborhoods and from what I've been told do a booming business.
  16. I've been to a few farmer's markets in the North bay area: Novato, Petaluma, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Fairfield, Sausalito...too many to list all. I love squash so much I would get enough, all types too, to last me a month.

    The trick to getting them a little cheaper is to buy the produce an hour before they pack it up for the day. You wont get the premium stuff but you'll be able to get some decent stuff that will be priced way less than the grocery stores.
  17. Simo98


    Jun 18, 2009
    QLD, Australia
    My biggest complaint by far is that I have to wake up early on the weekend to get there...

    But it's well worth it in comparison to supermarket fruit and veg, by a long shot.
  18. Mysterion


    Jan 10, 2012
    There's a wonderful farmer's market just blocks from our house; my wife and I walk there every Sunday. Yeah, we have trouble getting there before 1PM closing sometimes, but it's worth it.

    Consider freezing some of it in ice cube trays; perfect for single servings of pasta.
  19. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    The Houston one (I'm sure there are quite a few here actually) is pretty freakin awesome. Much like what you described.