Where I live there is a teeny tiny farmers market that is only open on Saturdays. However, in our capital, just 45 minutes up the road, there is the state Farmer’s Market. A LARGE section right off the interstate.
Here is an aerial view from a few years ago. All the tan you see is now parking. The red is the roof to the different areas. Plus there are two free-standing restaurants and a pottery.
I met some wonderful people. Purchased a lot of produce and have made some fantastic new dishes.
There is one building dedicated to small shops. Wine, jams, jellies, sauces, meats, cheeses and baked items line the sides of the walk way. It is a bit overwhelming and I am so glad that we decided to go on an “off” day. I can not imagine it full on Saturdays with thousands of people milling about trying to take it all in.
I enjoy purchasing my produce from local or state farmers. One I am supporting my farmers, two I am supporting the mom/pop businesses that helped found our country and three I can talk with them and know what if anything was sprayed on the crops.
Everyone was so friendly and willing to answer any questions I have. You will be reading more about them later this month as I highlight different farms and businesses.
Visit your local or state Farmer’s Market. Prices are compatible to the stores, the food is fresher and the company is great.