Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Farm Fresh

Have I told you I love local farmers’ markets? No doubt I have. I discovered these markets in Pennsylvania (read post here) and upon moving to Louisiana, finding the farmers ranked high on my list of priorities. I love buying fresh-from-the-field fruit and just-picked-this-morning vegetables. I enjoy chatting with the vendors and hearing their stories. They are passionate about the things they do and the wares they sell.
There’s a nice outdoor market in town Saturday mornings behind Historic City Hall, 8-12. And one on Tuesdays at the (also historic) Cash and Carry on the corner of Broad St. and Enterprise Blvd from 4-6.

These markets can be rather quiet and unexciting through the winter months, but begin getting colorful around this time of year. Carrots, beets, green onions, and turnips seemed to take center stage today.

Strawberries are delightful this time of year.

Fresh eggs are sold at seemingly every other booth. Can’t beat this vendor for whimsy though.

This sweet lady sells jams, jellies, and salsas every week at both markets.

Mr. Nelson is also a regular at the markets and sells wonderful baked goods. I’m so sorry this photo is out of focus – I should have taken two. But he was so excited about me blogging about the farmers’ market, I had to include him.

Anyone who knows me knows I swear by local honey!

This is my favorite plant man.
You’ll also find hand-dyed yarn made from shorn-from-the-sheep wool and hand-knit items, homemade Greek yogurt, carbonated juices, homemade pastas, prepared foods such as hummus, chicken salad, and quiches.
For your listening pleasure while you shop, there’s, of course, live entertainment.

What do you buy at the farmers’ markets?

1 comment:

Jan Rider Newman said...

I buy fresh produce that has taste in my mouth. Store-bought stuff can be so bland it's not worth eating. I agree, farmer's markets are interesting places as well as good places to get food.