I've been really loving our local farmer's market lately and feeling so grateful for all of the nutritious, colorful, flavorful freshness we've been putting into our bodies as a result. When I moved here one year ago from New York, I was thrilled to find out that there was a farmer's market in our tiny town. Food is important to me and, in my opinion, fresh and local is always the best way to go, if possible!
During the winter months the market wasn't open so I've been eagerly anticipating its return, and I'm thrilled to say that it has grown since last year. I recognize some of the same farmers but there are new ones too, and there have been a greater variety of fruits and vegetables available. On Saturday there were blackberries, which I never saw last year, as well as local pecans (Alabama is famous for growing peanuts and pecans). My favorite new addition to the market, I think, are the gorgeous local eggs I've been finding. A few months ago, we discovered that the local health food store sells farm eggs, so we had been buying our eggs there, but it's more convenient to buy them straight from the farmers at the market. They've been terrific.
Local honey and homemade jam are always for sale too, and since my husband is a huge jam lover, (and because I haven't yet gotten up the nerve to brave the pectin and the pots and the boiling water myself) I bought him some strawberry rhubarb jam this morning.
(Our farmer's market has colorful language, too! Only in the South.)