Supporting Local Farmers

Sunday, July 31, 2011

On the weekends we try to spend as much time outdoors as possible, so yesterday morning we stopped by our local farmers market and did a little outdoor grocery shopping. I am a firm believer in supporting local growers and buying fresh fruits and veggies whenever possible. The vibe of the farmers market is communal, free spirited and friendly. I love talking to the farmers and hearing how passionate they are about what they grow and sell.


Kumquats!! I loooove these. The farmer told me that a cup of kumquats has more nutritional value than a cup of orange juice... I told him I was going to Google that! He laughed at me...and YEP he was right according to Google :)

Little chubby feet wearing the only shoes that fit him. Seriously!



Hmmm now this is interesting... Okay this is a little too organic for me. NO THANK YOU. I did ask where their colostrum came from and he said, "Mammals." Mmmmkay.

Buckets and buckets of beautiful sunflowers. One of my favorites!

Do any of you visit your local farmers market on the weekends? What are your reasons for going? If you haven't been to a farmers market yet I definitely recommend you make a little trip out of it! Such a fun experience.


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47 comments:

A. Alexandra said...

I try my best to wake up early and attend the farmer's market here in Charlottesville. We like to go because the food is fresher and cheaper than whole foods.

Joanna said...

I definitely love farmer's markets! I love the selection, fresh produce, and like you said, supporting local farmers. We have the Hummus Guy at ours and love all his flavors and generous samples! Hehe

sunny said...

Haha aww that "little chubby feet" is so cute! I literally lit up and smiled when I saw that photo! Adorable!

I love the local farmer's market as well! What beautiful photos here too.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

Yum. Those photos make we want to go right to a farmers market NOW and get some blueberries!

I need to find out where to go in my area.

angie on maui said...

Hi Lindsay, I am visiting you from FTLOB and wanted to say hello...I have only read this one post from you, but I know that I already like you. :) First: I am a HUGE supporter of locally grown food (especially living on a small island like I do) and I love me a trip to the Farmer's Market! Second: you are a girl after my own heart, taking photographs to document your trip! I wrote a similar post last year during a trip to one of our Farmer's Market. I am always mesmerized by all of the beautiful colors!

Your photography is beautiful, by the way!

I am looking forward to reading along and learning more about you! Have a wonderful Sunday.

Aloha,
Angie

Lauren said...

We haven't gone yet, but I'm hoping to next week! When we lived in Monterey, CA, the market was within walking distance and we LOVED going there! Colostrum powder?? That's going a bit far for me, too!

Twig and Lily said...

Oh how beautiful. The colors you captured at your farmers market are so vibrant! I haven't been to our farmers market in so long and was just thinking how I need to get there next weekend. After seeing your post, I now know I must go. Thanks!

Chelsea said...

These pictures are all amazing! I keep saying every weekend how I've been wanting to go to a farmers market! I've never been to any here in Utah and would love to see all the local produce! I've got to get my hands on some kumquats! They look so yummy!! :)

fifi said...

i need to stop by my local farmers market after looking at these pics! and those lil chubby feet! precious!!

misc.alaina said...

Great post and farmers market photos! I didn't make it to the farmers market to get zucchini this weekend, but I will next because I want to make that recipe you posted last week!

Charlotte B said...

Lovely pictures hun, I love outdoor markets too, looking at all these fresh produce makes me really want to go! There are some great food markets in London xx

colleen said...

i always try to if i'm in nyc for the weekend. union square's greenmarket on saturday, best milk i've ever tasted, hands down. and it feels good to support local, too.

Rachel said...

Mmm all that fresh fruit looks delish! I've never had kumquats before, must give them a try. x

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McKenna said...

I love the farmers market!!!! I love to go and see alll the beutifull colors and different foods. Its always so tempting to buy some fresh fruit or vegitables! Kunquats.....hmm.....I may have heard of them before. SOunds cool. I love hearing of new vegitals or fruits and then trying them as soon as I can! Who knows, this could be my new favorite.

Christina said...

I love farmers markets, we don't have awesome ones in my area. But when we visited family in California we went to some really cool ones!

I LOVE the idea of supporting local vendors and farmers.

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Your pics are beautiful. I love farmers markets but sadly haven't had the chance to make it out to one this summer yet, need to make more of an effort before the season is over. I like the idea of supporting the farmers and all their hard work plus you can't get any fresher than that!

Anne said...

Everything looks so lovely Lindsay.

Just mention the word "farmer's market" around here and you can immediately add an extra 50% onto the price of the produce and it brings out all the pretentious trendy people in droves, thinking they're getting a bargain. I find it better to take a half hour drive out of our capital city to small road style stalls of people selling directly from their farm. You can be guaranteed it's fresh.

Anne xx

Tania said...

I LOVE farmers markets! When I lived in the city it would get me up early on a Sunday morning (which is a big thing for a non-morning person!). Sadly, we don't have any in our town, but I'm hoping that will change eventually. Your farmers markets looks beautiful. I seem to remember Luca taking colostrum powder as a toddler to help his immune system, prescribed by a naturopath. I think it came from cows? I do wonder what he meant by "mammals" though, as it seems such a vague term!

jillian m. said...

I enjoy going to the farmer's market. Not only does it support the local farms and economy, but the variety of fruits and veggies is so much larger that that of the supermarkets or grocery stores. Love that!

Jackie said...

Mmmm...those fruits look mighty tasty. I wish there was a local farmers market here but I can't wait to have my very own garden so I can grow my own fruits and vegetables.

Jackie

E @ Act Fast Chef said...

You have gorgeous pictures! I love going to farmers markets and seeing all of the yummy looking food.

Just found your blog and I am going to go be your newest follower!

Meg {henninglove} said...

yum those berries look delicious and i completely agree it is very important to support local farmers. support the smaller people!

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

Mmmm! Gotta get me some kumquats! ;)

Your farmer's market looks so super fresh and pretty...ours isn't so grand. :( But, in my hometown, I used to love to go on the weekends! There are so many local farmers there that really bring the goods. :)

Lindsay said...

Colostrum powder, really??

Looks like it was a fun day at the market. I love our farmers market out here. It's always really busy, which is a good thing. And I totally agree with supporting local farmers.

Ps--you take really great pictures. Can you teach me please??

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

How fun!! We have a really big Farmer's Market downtown and supposedly it is really fun...BUT I have never been there! Someday though!

Mimi said...

i love these photos! :D

and i love going to the farmers market! :)

<3, Mimi
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Collins said...

i spend about $15 at my neighborhood farmers market every thursday and get so much good stuff for that little bit of money! so yes, i think it's very important to support local farmers!
love the sunflowers. :)

Val said...

This is something I truly believe in....everything looks amazing.

Lindsay said...

LOVE me local produce. You take the best pics!

Emily@LovelyBeasts said...

Yep! It's all about buying local! And I love all of your beautiful pictures. The colostrum makes me laugh. My friend just bought some the liquid stuff recently at a farmers market and I don't know if she's had it yet, but it sounds as frightening as it looks!

Mindy said...

I love love love our farmer's market with all my heart. We got to drive past some of the farms on our road trip today too. So fun.

Um, mammals? Uh-huh. Did they say what one would do with a bag of their product exactly?

swellmayde said...

beautiful photos! the fruit look so amazing! i love strolling around farmers markets on my day off...

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Mongs said...

what beautiful pictures, I love the freshness of the produce. CAn't bellieve they sell colostrum powder, where on earth...goodness!

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Danielle said...

I love going to the Farmer's Market. It's fun to see all the interesting things you may find. And it's a great way to support locals. I'm all for it!

little random happiness said...

awwww his feet are too cute! :)

Hollie Ann said...

I love the farmers market! Those sunflowers are gorgeous!

blacksandbrights said...

These photos are beautiful there is nothing better than fresh fruit - when I visited Montreal I went to the farmers market there and it's a trying market meaning everyone has samples of the fruit all cut up for you to eat and you can walk around trying to see which one is best - let's just say I tried a lot of food haha

Those are the cutest little feet ever

Natalie said...

we went to a farmers market last saturday. i love them! i'm posting about it tomorrow. :) cute pics!

Kristin said...

I couldn't fit any shoes on my lil' guy until he was well over a year old! I love chubby little feet!

Lissa Chandler said...

you just convinced me. i will be going to our farmer's market in the morning.

Rachael said...

I LOVE Farmer's Markets! In Rochester, NY, they have one year round! And it SNOWS there.
Thanks for all your lovely comments!!! I hope I haven't used up my allotted amount on your blog because I have a skincare/beauty question for ya...
The delicate undereye area... I fear my under-eyes will be all nasty and saggy when I'm old cuz I wear makeup every day. I've been told to lightly pat on makeup with the ring finger (the weakest) so as not to disturb the delicate, tissue-like skin yet I've found NO way to take off makeup without rubbing, pulling or tugging. I've tried lots of removers in liquid, lotion and towelette form. The ideal would be to have something you splash on and it all dissolves but I usually have to rub with my fingers (gently of course) or take a q-tip to the offending remains. I really like the remover I have... It's the best I've found and doesn't bother my sensitive, contact-wearing eyes but it still requires touching my face. Any advice?

Lindsey said...

Yes, I go as often as I can! Last summer, when I wasn't working, I made a real commitment to it and didn't buy fruits or vegetables from anywhere but the farmer's market from memorial day to labor day! I was very proud of myself! :)
Your pictures are outstandingly gorgeous.
xox

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Rachael- Ohh a eye makeup remover that was just a splash on sounds pretty genius! You are doing everything right..make sure you remove your eye makeup as gentle as possible. As long as you are not rubbing you should be fine :)

www.StarHughes.com said...

These are beautiful pictures!!!! Looks like so much fun. I love that these are family outings! How cute!

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

Colostrum from "mammals"?? LOL!

Kimberlee @ Brown Button said...

I love a farmers market!!! Loved attending the one in my home time. Your images are just delicious (including those of the little feet - he he) xx

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