Farmers Market

On Sunday I went to my local farmers market.

When I say local, I mean local.  I am fortunate to live within walking distance to one of the largest farmers markets in all of California, the land of grow-almost-anything.  I am blessed to have such amazing produce within walking distance.

Here’s one small section of the market.

And here’s another section.

MY OTHER RECIPES

I didn’t even capture the fresh food vendors from tacos to locally roasted coffee beans to raw vegan food to green smoothie vendors.  It just goes on and on.  Next week.

There’s both fresh produce and fresh flowers for sale so it was extra fun making pictures.

I had a field day with my camera and here are some images I captured.

What cute little mango.   And super sweet.

Locally bottled avocado oil

An orchid to beat all!

Dozens and dozens of varieties of tomato plants.

Get your fermentation on.

I have an easy recipe and method for fermented veggies on the countertop which I call Sweet and Sour Refrigerator Pickles

One of my favorite shots of the day

Another favorite set of images

Have you ever had squash blossoms?  Many people fry them and they are almost a delicacy!  Or here are 5 recipes using them.

These flowers were so beautiful in person.  I could have taken pictures of them all day!

From my last post on the Barre3 DVD I reviewed, it was fun to hear what workouts you’ve been doing lately.  And what workouts you’d like to try next.

And now I’m off to make some Cheater’s Guacamole with the locally grown avocados I have.

And I will wash it down with a Peach Banana Colada Smoothie that I’m going to add some fresh pineapple to!

Questions:

1. Do you have or go to a local farmers market in your area?

Yes, this one!  I’ve posted about it in the past here, too.

And in San Diego, if I wanted to drive 20 minutes from me, there is a different market going on in different parts of town, almost every day of the week.

2. What are your favorite things to buy at the farmers market?

I love berries, tomatoes, greens, mangos, and pineapple from the market.

Well, there’s really not anything that I don’t like buying from the market.  I have to watch myself so that my eyes aren’t bigger than what we can consume before it spoils because it all looks so good!

3. Do you think it saves you money to buy from the farmers market or not?

I will be honest, I don’t think it’s necessarily cheaper to shop at farmers markets.  On some things, yes, it is clearly cheaper, i.e. a huge stalk of broccoli for $1 dollar.

But on other things, say Fuji apples, it’s more expensive for me to buy them at the farmers market than it is to buy organic Fuji apples in the regular grocery store, or at Whole Foods.

And it’s much more expensive to buy farmers market Fuji apples compared to conventional/non-organic regular-grocery-store Fuji apples.

I can also buy a bag of TJ’s organic salad mix for $1.99 which is about half the price of a comparable salad mix from the farmers market.

Also, blueberries are far cheaper at TJ’s.  No, they’re not organic or local, but they’re cheaper.

However, there is more to life than money and this is true with food choices, too:

I realize that farming is expensive and supporting local farmers so they can continue to farm is wonderful.

Locally grown food usually tastes far better.

There are positive environmental and ecological impacts of eating locally and seasonally.

There is benefit to one’s body and health to eat locally and seasonally.

The variety and types of food I can eat in San Diego from the market blow grocery store selection away!

I remember those things when I notice things cost more at the farmers market.  There’s a reason why.

Talk to me about your markets!

84 comments on “Farmers Market”

  1. There is simply nothing better than visiting the farmers market at peak season. It’s like a candy store! :) My favorite thing to buy is local fresh picked strawberries. I just got some this weekend that were still warm! Love that!

  2. I LOVE the farmers market!!! I am a vendor myself, so now I appreciate it so much more! Good for you for supporting local businesses! :)

    Whitney

  3. Now i’m regretting NOT going to the farmer’s market on Saturday…jealous of yours!!

  4. So jealous of California produce! Beautiful! :D

    I generally think the farmers markets in VA and DC that I go to are MORE expensive than the regular grocery store. Asparagus is usually a dollar or two more, greens are more expensive, eggs cost more, etc. That whole saving money by shopping local thing may apply for some things, but I really don’t see it much!

  5. wonderful photos!
    waterloo region is known for our farmers markets. one of my favourite dad + me outings is to go the market on a thursday morning. it’s a perfect resource for local produce + fruit – my usual purchases. and i DO save money – have done a comparison. and it’s great to buy direct from the grower.
    envious of that sunshine!

  6. wow; you really are blessed to have such a wonderful market within walking distance! our “good” market is almost an hour away and i usually don’t bother going unless i need to go into town anyway, or haven’t been in a while. i’d love to go more often but it being so far out makes it almost an all-morning occasion on a weekend when I need to get other stuff done, too! But I’ll quite whining, because your gorgeous pictures make me feel as if I’m there :) I seriously adore the shots of the carrots and beets…and the irony in the strawberries with the blueberry sign :P

  7. oh – and as for cost? wayyyy more expensive for me to buy at the market :[ It seems some people always mention getting great deals but I’ve yet to see anything like it at ours!

  8. LOVE the pictures, wow! We have a local market but I havent made it there yet…I’ve been so busy that a quick trip to Trader Joes is all I can manage!

    Brooke Annessa
    http://www.theannessafamily.blogspot.com

  9. Totally jealous of that HUGE farmer’s market! :) It is awesome.

    I have a lot of squash blossoms going on in my garden right now!

  10. I love the colors in a farmer’s market! So beautiful. I need to get to one. It’s been too long! I hope you’re having a great week Averie!

  11. I loveloveLOVE Farmers Markets! I’m jealous of yours – we have a few around here, one that I go to most often, but they’re small. I used to live just a block or so away from one, but now I drive about 15 mins to get there. Of course I usually get produce (got fresh spinach from the last one – never had that before!), especially strawberries if I can find them – why are they so much better than they are at the store anyway? ;) But I also love the different breads and jams…and Alex picked up some black bean/jalapeno hummus that he loves! I keep wanting to pick up the maple syrup, but it’s so expensive. As far as saving money – no, it’s slightly more expensive. But if it tastes better and supports the little local guys around here, I’m okay with the extra few cents.
    Great pix by the way! I love how colorful and lively everything seems!

  12. i’m so sad my life is too bonkers right now to do a proper farmers market trip. not enough meals at home!!!

  13. Your pictures are just gorgeous. I will get there one day, still working on it :)

  14. Wow, lucky! I’d go to that farmer’s market every day! It’s been awhile on squash blossoms, they look good.

    1. Yes, but ours are only a few times a week and not near by.
    2. Watermelons and huge zucchinis for spiralizing.
    3. Not really, but the veggies are fresher and better tasting I think not being chilled or stored.

  15. $5 a cup for blueberries!? Ouch! Our farmer’s market is definitely not less expensive than the supermarket but it is better– more fresh plus I like to support local growers. We use the farmer’s market near us for fresh eggs, goat cheese, jams, and some produce. Yours looks heavenly and much larger than the one by my house. Your photos are awesome.

  16. I’ve never shopped at a farmers market before, but I know of one that’s literally right down the street from my house. I just don’t want to go alone and none of my friends want to go with me bright and early to get the good produce lol. I hope to stop by one day non-alone and no longer be afraid and make it a routine lol! I mean $5 for that many blueberries?! I’m jealous.

    • The commenter below you feels it’s not a deal but very pricey.

      Perspectives…so different, huh!

      And go alone. I went alone to mine. And usually do. Sometimes it’s nice to just be alone…with the plants and food and center yourself. Food as yoga so to speak :)

      • haha yeah but it’s fresh and organic. Everything in Texas doesn’t taste as fresh because it’s shipped to us, you know? I bet Cali produce is so much better.
        I’m just afraid to go places like that alone for the first time. It scares me haha! I’m afraid something bad is going to happen to me because I’m so tiny. I will go one day though and tell you how it is!

  17. What an awesome Farmer’s Market!! One of the best things about summer :)

  18. I love farmers markets, but I am more of a go to look than buy kind of consumer. I definitely would love to shop there only, but I just can’t stomach those prices! I know, its good to support the local farmer, but a girl’s gotta eat too!

    The pictures, as usual, are beautiful!

  19. The main reason I go to the farmer’s market is to get grass-fed beef. Pretty much all of the produce in the supermarkets around here is locally grown, and I can’t afford to spend twice as much to get it at the farmer’s market.

    Love that pic with the tomatoes in baskets on the left, onions on the right.

  20. I was at that Farmer’s Market on Sunday as well!!! I usually go to the one in Little Italy on Saturdays, but was unable to make it. The Hillcrest one was a fun change! Your pictures look beautiful, and you have inspired so many of my baking projects :) Love your blog!

  21. I looooove my farmers market. I live in a small town but it is amazing the variety at our market. I just posted on Saturday my most recent loot and yes it saved us a bit of money(plus there are things we can’t buy in the grocery store here anyways) so yes I think it’s cheaper if you know how to shop. A lot of things cost a heck of a lot more than they should, greens, berries, etc. For lack of a better way to describe it, I think when a farmers market is more directed at tourists the prices are higher, I know certain weekends the prices are higher at our farmers market. Plus, certain vendors just sell things for a lot more than others on a regular basis. Plus, I find going early early helps because the best produce goes first and you’re more likely to get a better deal(although some people say to go at the end of the market because some vendors are giving away their produce just to get rid of it for the day). To me some prices are worth getting produce that was just picked that morning. Or on produce that is organic even though the farmer doesn’t legally have the label. It’s so much tastier :D

  22. I love your pictures Averie — you have such a good eye!

    I don’t go to the Farmers Markets too much –there are large ones in St. Paul and Minneapolis — but I go there maybe once per month. I can get decent produce at small stands around our area (so I guess they are mini farmers markets!) and to be honest Costco has some good, cheap produce (most of it is organic too!)

    I think buying some produce at the markets is cheaper — kale for sure is way cheaper there than in the stores, but some fruits and such are more expensive. I guess it all evens out though!

    • My parents’ biggest complaint about the markets in msp area is the short growing season and lack of diversity…northern climate issues for sure.

      See kale here is 99 cents a for a huge bunch in the groc store. Everyone talks about how expensive or hard to come by kale is in diff parts of the country but here, it’s plentiful and cheap in the groc store.

  23. Soo excited…so this farmers market is in hillcrest? i am gonna be heading home to sd this week and want to hit it up for fresh food for our vacay in sd. we will be renting a house in pb the two weeks we are home. so i want fresh foods. thanks for posting. i am excited to hit it up.

  24. I love reading your blog! I found it on my friend’s blog and have been lurking in the background for some time now, so I hope you will forgive me. I admire how much you care about being healthy. Being healthy and making it a priority to eat healthy is a great lifestyle choice, and I do believe it is a choice we all must decide and I admire how much you care about eating clean. I was wondering if you might entertain me and post some pictures of you when you were pregnant with Skylar for fun. I’m sure you had such a great pregnant bod! I am about 11 weeks with my first, and would love your advice on how to stay healthy while pregnant, and what you did to get your body back and of course anything else you want to add! Take care and keep up with the great posts!

    Kristen

  25. Happy Belated Birthday! Sorry, I totally missed out on that one. I zonked out super early last night and have been light on my technology until now.

    Your pictures look great. :-) I LOVE farmers markets. They’re my Happy Place. I snagged 2 pints of strawberries for a total of $4 this past weekend. Awesome! It was at the end of the day. So yes, sometimes deals can be found, sometimes not. You have to know when and how to shop. For example, if I’m looking for a particular veggie, say, baby eggplants, I know to go early.

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