Farmer’s Market discoveries

Welcome to the August 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Farmer’s Markets

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about something new they’ve learned about their local farmers.

When Matt and I first got married, I discovered the joy of farmer’s markets.  I don’t know why I’d never really been to one before, but once I got started, it was hard to imagine ever purchasing my food anywhere else.  Over the years, I’ve met many vendors, tried new vegetables and learned so much.

Through farmer’s markets, I met the man who supplied us with lamb for the past 5 years, half a sheep at a time.  Because of him, I know how to grill lamb chops and can make a killer shepherd’s pie.  I bought my first chicken that had been butchered mere hours before and roasted it up for the most flavorful meal I’d experienced up to that time.

Before the market downtown, I’d never had a purple carrot or an orange, heirloom tomato.  I didn’t know you could raise shrimp right here in Ohio.  I had no idea that one could subsist solely on food grown/raised within 50 miles of your home.  I didn’t realize how diverse the agriculture in Ohio could be! I wasn’t aware that an average housewife could make her own cheese from a gallon of milk.  And don’t even get me started on the baked goods I didn’t know even existed!

Throughout the years, I’ve met new people, tried new foods, learned how to store and prepare vegetables, fruits and meats.  Now, I’m learning how to make these foods appealing to a preschooler who only likes bananas and watermelon.  I’m learning the best markets to go to that I’ll be able to corral my little ones and still shop.  My children?  Well, they are learning the names of the vegetables, even if they won’t eat them.  They are learning patience as they wait and wait and wait as I circle the stalls and taste and sample and talk.

Every year as the Downtown Farmer’s Market starts announcing it’s coming in the paper, I find myself waiting anxiously for the vendors to set up and my stroller basket to fill with fresh produce.  And while the market is here, I’m happy to try all kinds of new recipes and stock my shelves with home canned goodies to open in the dead of winter and give me hope for next year’s Farmer’s Market!

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13 Replies to “Farmer’s Market discoveries”

  1. It’s funny that I’ve always had the local produce, but what the farmer’s markets introduced me to were the other goodies that are made by local artisans like fresh flavored cheeses, aged cheeses, sourdough bread and these delicious morning glory muffins that I always enjoy! So when I go to the farmer’s market I typically end up with a bag full of bread and cheese and I’m a very happy camper! 🙂

  2. I didn’t know you could raise shrimp in Ohio! Wow, that would be a neat purchase at the farmer’s market. Perhaps if I ask our farmer how she cooks lamp chops I’ll be more likely to buy it from her…it seems so intimidating to me, who didn’t grow up eating it.

    1. I ask so many questions while I’m at the butcher shop! Or I’ll bring in the recipe and ask them to tell me what cut of meat I should be using. I tell you what, the more you know about your craft, the more it helps others!

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