It’s no secret that I adore farms and farmer’s markets. I’ve been to two markets so far this season and it’s so enjoyable for me to see so much fresh produce and talk with farmers and community members and know where my food is from.
(photos from last fall)
According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the number of operating farmer’s markets has increased by 16% since 2009. Though the article focuses on Chicago, it’s clear in my area that local food is becoming more and more valued by consumers.
Why are farmer’s markets so popular? I think a lot of Americans are starting to change the way they think about food. And, as mentioned on Politics of the Plate, it’s actually more affordable than the supermarket.
If you’re living near Boston, check out Public Radio Kitchen’s list of farmer’s market opening dates.
Daniel Klein has a really neat look into what goes into getting produce from farm to market on Grist. Definitely worth watching if you’ve got dreams of starting a farm (is that just me?) Cheap Healthy Good also has a great post about being a “farm tourist”.
Check out one of the top 10 farmer’s markets in the United States, according to Apartment Therapy’s Marketplace.
7 Tips for Making the Most of the Farmers Market on Serious Eats has some great tips for market beginners and reminders for market veterans.
By the same token, there’s a list of 10 things not to say at the market in the Chicago Tribune. I would love to see some additional ideas for the list in the comments below.
What to do with all that produce? Grist has a video that features a recipe for carrot top pesto and creations with other unique ingredients. I love discovering ways to use up strange produce and the “garbage” parts of vegetables.
Serious Eats has suggestions to help you get ready for berry season. This year I’m all about #9: Can It. I didn’t make any jam or jelly last year and I’m really looking forward to trying it.
If it’s farmer’s market season, that must mean it’s time for CSAs too. I know I talk about mine ad nauseam, but I stand by it as one of the best investments we’ve made lately. I’m so excited for pick ups to start this week. I know there’s a lot of people out there intrigued by CSAs, so I’ve arranged to interview my farmers and share what I learn here.
Please send any questions about CSAs and/or Mighty Food Farm for myself and my farmers to answer this week to have them included in my interview. Thanks!