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We usually go to the farmers' market on Saturdays, and it is such a lovely experience I decided to start a thread on farmers' markets.<br><br><br><br>
Who goes to them?<br><br>
Who sells produce at them?<br><br>
What do you sell?<br><br>
What do you buy?<br><br><br><br>
We got<br><br>
*A bunch of lovely yellow summer squash<br><br>
*Some vidalia onions<br><br>
*Chanterelle mushrooms!<br><br>
*Some kind of fresh beans, I can't remember what they are called, they look like pinto beans but lighter and bigger. Now we are not sure what to do with freshly shelled beans...<br><br>
*I got a humongo bag of sweet corn for only one buck! They said it was "the dregs" but when you get to the market late, you take what you can get<br><br><br><br>
When we got home, I took my "dregs" sweet corn outside to shuck it. Most of it turned out to be fine! Short ears, and some of it was buggy, but I got a whole lot of corn for a buck. There were only three ears that I decided not to bother with, leaving about 15 that were perfectly fine (but short) or had some bugginess to be cut off.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/pics/showphoto.php?photo=610&password=&sort=2&cat=500&page=1" target="_blank">Slim the Cat</a> ate some kernels of corn that escaped, along with some bugs. Cats eat corn!<br><br><br><br>
Kirk shelled beans outside with me while I was shucking. It was nice.<br><br><br><br>
Farmers' market! Yay!
 

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Kewl, Slim loooks just like Durn.<br><br><br><br>
I haven't been to my Farmer's Market in a while, I need to go again. I have bought squash, eggplant and watermelon and they also have plants and bakery items, too.<br><br><br><br>
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I love the farmer's market... Unfortunately, my city lacks a decent one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I work a half block from the market. I usually go every day to pick up avocados, tomatoes and ginger for the cafe. fresh basil, thai basil, mint, zucchini, bell peppers, papayas, bananas, pineapple.... all find their way onto my shopping list...<br><br><br><br>
spreading NESS fever,<br><br>
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When we lived in Santa Barbara, we went almost every Sat. We would buy tomatoes, corn, lettuce, apples, oranges, peaches, and all kinds of things. It was so great to be able to get out there and support the local organic farmers. Since moving down here, I haven't had time to look for one yet but it is fun to go to these things.
 

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I love to go to the <a href="http://cleveland.about.com/library/weekly/aa110202a.htm" target="_blank">West Side Market</a> . I tend to stay outside in the produce rather than go inside where all the meat, cheese, and bakery stuff is. Years ago I worked inside at a Hungarian Bakery on the weekends around the holidays. I did it for the experience and to get from behind my desk. It was a wonderful experience. I loved meeting the people and being a part of the hustle and bustle. I can't really go inside though anymore because of the meat/blood smell. The produce is great though. You have to watch out for the vendors slipping you some not so fresh fruits/veggies at the bottom of your bag. There's a flower stand there too that has the most gorgeous flowers for cheap. In the summer there is an artists vendors open air market across the street. Lots of cool handmades. I like to ride my bike down sometimes if I don't plan on spending too much.
 

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I enjoy them but I wish they weren't so darned expensive. We have a LOT around town but most of them don't sell organic produce. The ones that do are usually 2x more expensive than the hfs, which is ridiculous. I can't afford to spend $2.50 on a bunch of spinach, when I can get the same bunch for 99 cents at my hfs.
 

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We live not far away, there's a market on Sat and Wed. I love to go there, and soak up the atmosphere, but I never know how much money I will spend. Sometimes I buy nothing, sometimes I buy a lot of stuff. Depends on what is sold and how expensive (or better cheap) it is and how much $$$ I have. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Last Sat I got some plums, peaches, nectarines, grapes, tomatoes and sweet banana peppers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 

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We have somewhat of a farmer's market in our town - actually two, but it's the same store really. Most of the stuff is home grown, I believe...especially veggies, because I don't think Michigan is big on growing bananas, nectarines, etc <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> But they have fresh cherries, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, veggies, etc. It is *so* much better than buying at the grocery stores, mainly due to atmosphere - it's small and friendly. Plus they use boxes that things were delivered in instead of bags. But I haven't been there in a week or so...my aunt gave us a whole bunch of zucchini she grew, so I haven't had to.<br><br><br><br>
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Hey Borealis we must have crossed paths! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I bought...<br><br><br><br>
maple syrup<br><br>
Green Beans<br><br>
Peaches<br><br>
Blackberries, that I promplty devoured upon washing<br><br>
Cucumbers<br><br><br><br>
I LOVE the farmers market!
 

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I think at our market it really depends on the item. We managed to score a quart and a half of fresh chanterelle mushrooms on Saturday for $4, something that you just can't get at the grocery. (Which usually just has week-old mass-produced button, portabella and shiitake.) Summer squash is also dirt cheap (but then again, why do you roll up your windows in rural Indiana in the summer time? Because you might come back and find it filled with Zucchini) and Organics tend to be cheaper and more reliable. Perhaps most importantly the Farmer's market is the only reliable place to get two of the handful of compensations for Indiana's summer humidity, fresh local sweet corn and tomatoes.<br><br><br><br>
Other things tend to be more expensive. Potatoes for example are a bit more pricy, as were the first batch of geen beans.
 

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There are actually 3 farmer's markets near me. One is more targeted at tourists (it has fake mennonites, which are like Amish people and the prices are rather high). The one I mostly go to (that I went to on Saturday) is amazing. Zucchini were 25 cents each, a bunch of basil the size of a head of romaine lettuce was 1.25 (I made some kickass pesto) and about a pound of mushrooms was $1. The one thing I find is that buying things that are out of season or that don't grow here (southern Ontario, Canada) is a bad idea. I got 5 avocados last week, 2 of which were bad. I also got a bunch of tomatoes (they won't be in season for another month), several of which had icky spots.<br><br><br><br>
Overall, though, I wish I had time to go every Saturday!
 

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I recently moved house, and now live just a few blocks from the farmers market. It has become a Saturday morning ritual to walk over and stock up on things. It is expensive, but I don't mind much. The usual offerings are onions, squash, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, herbs, salad greens, carrots, potatoes, apples. One guy sells incredible oyster mushrooms. And lots of bedding plants (herbs and vegetables), which is neat.<br><br><br><br>
I wish I didn't get bored with summer squash so easily.
 

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i want to go to a farmer's market <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Never been, I should look up on that
 

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we have farmers' markets in 4 different places around the city on Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays.<br><br>
Of course some are better than others, but they are all pretty cheap.<br><br><br><br>
Lots of flowers, several organic farmers at each, lots of the normal things...and there is one guy at the one closest to me that sells the BESTEST corn at 6 ears for a buck.
 

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I have one downtown at the center in the square that I love to go to, because fresh always tastes better, I love supporting local farmers, and I get to visit my favorite vegan cafe downtown as well. I just went yesterday and got huge tomatoes, corn, broccoli, and nectarines.<br><br><br><br>
I also have a great article about supporting farmer's markets that you all should read!<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/food/449" target="_blank">http://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/food/449</a>
 

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I LOVE farmer's markets!!!!! There's one I go to during the week near my job, and another I go to on Saturday near where I live. I buy all sorts of things such as, sweet corn, basil, tomatoes, cilantro, onions, spinach, portabello mushrooms, leeks, sugar snap peas, bell peppers (all colors), potatoes, dill, green beans, melons, berries (all kinds), squash (all kinds) ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 

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Today at the Farmers' Market, I got:<br><br><br><br>
6 beautiful little zuchinni<br><br>
Green beans<br><br>
Green tomatoes<br><br>
Red and yellow tomatoes<br><br>
New red potatoes<br><br>
Leeks<br><br>
2 bunches of italian parsley<br><br>
1 bunch of spearmint<br><br>
Gorgeous peaches<br><br>
And a bar of handmade mint soap.<br><br><br><br>
Yay market! I am going to make tabouli in a little while with my parsley and mint.
 
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