» Shopping your local Farmers’ Markets

With spring and warmer weather on it’s way to the US, many of our seasonal local farmers’ markets are getting ready to start back up. I live in a metropolitan region of 800+ thousand (3rd largest in PA behind only Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) and we’ve got more than a few mainstays with regards to local markets. The Easton Farmers’ Market is the oldest continuous open-air market in the US – established in 1752, The Allentown Farmer’s Market (an indoor market) started in 1889 and Emmaus’s Market in 2003. Bethlehem has several fledgling markets and also a local food co-op in the works and smaller markets exist all over the Lehigh Valley.

I shop at the markets when I am able to, as I prefer buying local whenever possible and the food (especially the meats) seem to taste so much better. I love grabbing a loaf of fresh baked artisan bread, a dozen eggs, fresh apple cider, and the BEST EVER smoked chicken legs.

One of my all-time favorite farmers’ market experiences was visiting the Santa Monica Market in California. I could simply cry thinking about sitting on the curb with one of my oldest friends, listening to music and biting into the freshest most delicious white nectarine I’d ever tasted – to this day a fresh fruit experience that has yet to be surpassed.

Do you shop your local farmers’ markets? What do you like to buy there?

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I love buying everything locally. There really is a HUGE difference in taste and the quality. Unfortunately here in South Central Georgia, there isn’t much of an opportunity to buy local. Eggs and meat – the sausage we get here is unbeatable. Some veggies. I miss living in Florida; the plethora of fresh foods there was just heaven.

I buy everything I can at my local farmers market(s)! To me, eggs and fruit are the things that make the most difference, but of course I buy veggies too! Meat and chocolate on occasion as well. I like knowing the vendors, and if I am serious about thinking that animals should be treated fairly and people who pick my produce should be compensated fairly then I should put my money where my mouth is. In addition it is just soooo delicious and a great way to try new things.

We don’t have farmers markets per se, but here in rural Western Massachusetts there are an abundance of farm stands and it’s nice to support my neighbors while having the opportunity to partake in nature’s bounty.


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