One of the great adventures when my children were young was taking them to farms in our area to enjoy “pick your own” opportunities. Now for those of you that do not know, pick your own is when the farms invite ordinary people in to pick their harvest. It is very seasonal and it is tons of fun. This time of year the pick your own is strawberries where we live. During the seasons we picked blueberries, raspberries, peaches you name it. We also made homemade jam which was the result of a house full of fruit that was going bad! Seriously though, being out in the sun in an enormous strawberry field when the aroma of the fruit is every where, is one of the most delightful things you will ever experience.
Since it is farm picking time and due to the fact that one of the most “farm” fresh events takes place this week, I thought I would highlight farmers markets. I know how busy we can all be that sometimes finding a farm and picking your own food is out of the question. However, there are so many great farmers markets everywhere that they present themselves as both an event to enjoy and a shopping/eating opportunity. And as you all know, eating opportunities rank really high on my list of things to do!
So this week I am showcasing a really farm fresh oriented event; Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro VT. This is a wonderful event that really takes farm fresh to a whole new level. It also stresses living the simple life with a healthy lifestyle and buying foods locally grown. It features many wonderful elements like a two day Slow Living Seminar, a bread baking contest, Live Green Expo, a bike tour of the local farms and a Street Fair. But the absolute highlight is the Strolling of the Heifers Parade which is a tribute to the farming community and the favorite thing is the future farmers parading about 135 beautifully decorated heifers through the downtown area. How wonderful is that!
But for everyone who cannot make it to the farm to pick your own or to Vermont for the event, I suggest you take a look in your area for a famers market. Not to be confused with a flea market, a true farmers market should feature farm fresh produce, homemade jellies and jams and fresh homemade baked goods, not stuff from someone’s attic for sale The markets that I have listed here fit that bill. If nothing on this list if near you, we have 1000’s more listed so just use the search box to find more in your area. Go smell some farm fresh strawberries this week and be sure to take the kids along!
Jun 01, 2012 – Jun 03, 2012
Since 2002, the festival will feature live entertainment, agriculture-related exhibitions as well as tables and booths offering Vermont-made products, arts and crafts galore. Come have a bite to eat, enjoy the music and take part in a wide array of fun-filled activities. The centerpiece of Stroll Weekend is the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade, which starts at 10am sharp, Saturday on Main Street, followed by music, food, crafts and more on the green at the end of the parade route. Friday nite is our street festival, bread making contest. Sunday is the Tour de Heifer. Info available on our website.
Jun 02, 2012
Shop in a wonderful open-air market in the heart of historic Downtown Beloit at State and Grand. An award-winning community tradition spanning over 30 years, the Downtown Beloit Farmers Market continues to grow with over 80 vendors weekly selling local produce, organics, baked goods, honey, jams and jellies, herbs, bedding plants, fish, meat, eggs and cheese, fresh flowers, artisan crafts, scents and skin care.
Jun 02, 2012
Since 1989, Fresh produce and so much more, all year long! See what farm fresh is all about. At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine, and take a walk in Prospect Park? Family-friendly events including cider pressing, planting, pumpkin painting, cooking demonstrations with local chefs, and raffles. Our “Meet Your Farmer” series gets you up close and personal with our producers. Learn from the fisherman how to fillet a whole fish, get beekeeping secrets from the honey guy and taste freshly grilled market-inspired pizzas from our bakers. New York Wine and Grape Foundation’s Uncork NY features tastings from local farm wineries. Located at the northwest entrance to beautiful Prospect Park—and just steps from the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden—this destination market brings together a diverse mix of shoppers from the nearby neighborhoods. The market is located at Grand Army Plaza, at the intersection of Prospect Park West and Flatbush Avenue.
Jun 02, 2012
Since 1970, One of the oldest, open-air market in the United States offers fresh fruit and produce, a great food court, local crafts ranginging from water colors to candles, ceramics to wood. There is live entertainment with many local bands. This market is open rain or shine.
Jun 02, 2012
This outdoor community market features a wide variety of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers and plants, herbs, fresh meats and poultry, eggs, cheeses and dairy products, jams and jellies and more. The market is held at the Patco Hi-Speed Line lot. Rain or shine
Jun 05, 2012
As one of the oldest farmers markets in Kansas, the Lawrence Farmers Market offers a festive, bustling market with the freshest, healthiest food grown in Kansas as well as a strong sense of community among growers and consumers. The LFM is a “producer only” market; everything sold is grown, prepared or crafted by its members. With more than 80 growers, ranchers, bakers and fine craftspeople, the Lawrence Farmers Market is the place to go for the freshest and finest quality produce, meat and artisan crafts.
Jun 02, 2012
A favorite with residents and tourists, the Growers’ Market is second only to the Rogue River as an area attraction. It showcases the finest fresh fruits and vegetables growing in the Southern Oregon region, as well as secondary wood products, gourmet specialty foods, artists and crafters. Members attend from Medford, Butte Falls, Winston, Canyonville, Gold Hill, Roseburg and the Illinois Valley.
May 31, 2012
Since 1993. Benicia Main Street draws many people to its popular Farmers Market. Join us this year as we celebrate our farm fresh fun. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of full of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, gourmet food, delicious hot foods, arts and crafts, live musical entertainment, face painting, and more. Thursdays, Spring through October.
Jun 02, 2012
Over 50 vendors participate in the Holland Farmers Market twice each week, offering freshly picked fruit and vegetables of every variety, beautiful bouquets of flowers, and plants for home and garden. A wide variety of baked goods, all natural honey, herbs and spices, and farm fresh cheeses, eggs, and meats are also available, in addition to unique garden art and furniture, dried flower arrangements, and much, much more! After the flowers and plants of spring and bountiful fruits and vegetables of summer, there are pumpkins, gourds, apples, and straw bales in the fall and Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland in the winter. The Market is also home to great activities for the entire family, including street performers, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, a salsa making and jalapeno eating contest, and a fruit and vegetable carving competition. A food court, featuring a variety of delicious breakfast and lunch options, is also available. Absolutely NO pets are allowed at the Market.
May 30, 2012
The Baraboo Farmers’ Market gives consumers direct access to local farmers, growers and producers, thereby supporting local food production, promoting sustainable agricultural practices, and serving as a community gathering place. This open-air market features farm fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade items, baked goods, flowers, organic produce, jams and jellies and more. The market is held on Wednesday and Saturday in Courthouse Square beginning in mid-May through October.
May 31, 2012
FFM is a producer/grower market consisting of farmers, ranches and wineries located within the geographic neighborhood of Gillespie and adjacent counties. FFM has been operating for four years in the Marktplatz, the center of Fredericksburg. In 2011, in partnership with the Pioneer Museum, we expanded to include a two-month fall market on Pioneer’s grounds to bring fall produce to the community and to emphasize the historical importance of agriculture to the local economy. We are growing and now have some 21 vendors that participate in the FFM. FFM is maintained by a group of volunteers whose goal is to bring good local food to the community, help our local farmers, ranchers and wineries sell product, and further promote Fredericksburg as a culinary arts center.
Jun 03, 2012
Since 1978, The farmers market is a fun place to shop and get not only produce and vegetables, but baked goods, seafood, handmade crafts, cheeses and lots of great food to enjoy. Additionally, dozens of food vendors add spice to the market with multicultural cuisine such as popular pit beef sandwiches, omelets and breakfast burritos, crepes, wood fired pizzas, pies and quiches, soups, noodles and dumplings. Vegan items are sold as well. The bazaar offers shoppers a variety of unique crafts and collectibles including jewelry, handbags, hair accessories, clothing, rugs, pottery and wooden items, stained glass and photographs. Rain or shine.
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