Farmer’s Market Shopping

Learn how to cook for the seasons.

Now that you’ve identified what’s grown locally, you can start cooking seasonally. Yes, you may have favourite fruit or vegetables that are available all year at the supermarket but we’re moving beyond that to a greener way of thinking.

Buying what’s in season means your fruit & veg are fresher and haven’t had all those nasty miles of travel to get to your plate. You can eat with a clean conscience. You’ll also become a better cook as you learn about local flavours and how to mix and match what’s available into a delicious dinner.

See the inner beauty.

If you’re a farmer’s market newbie you may be surprised by some of the things that you see. You’ll come across fruit & veg you’ve never seen before. Give it a try! Ask the farmer what it is and how to eat it. Incorporate it into your new healthy market diet.

You’ll also see some of the stuff that you know – but what’s this? Lumps and bumps all over – not perfect like the supermarket. This is a good sign. What you’re looking at has been grown naturally, without pesticides. Confirm with your local stall owner that their stock is pesticide free so you can enjoy fresh, natural food without the poison.

Go early – stay longer.

Farmer’s markets are gaining in popularity so if you go too late a lot of stalls will sell out of their most popular items. And just because you get there early, doesn’t mean you have to leave early. Stick around for live music, good food and great people.