Tuesday, June 29, 2010

And now, a word from your local farmer's market

This past weekend I took Marissa to the Lyndale farmer's market. I'd heard a lot about how great the farmer's markets were in our area. We've never ventured farther than the local vegetable stand in the parking lot across from KinderCare, so I thought that this weekend might be a nice time to check out the biggest one in Minnesota, on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis.

We've clearly been missing the boat, but I'm glad to finally catch it now. Earlier in the week I had bought some green beans from the local supermarket. My girls love them when sauted with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. The ones in the store didn't look great but weren't the worst ones I've ever seen, so I bought a small bunch.

This past weekend Marissa and I went to the farmer's market and saw what green beans are supposed to look like.

Wow! What a difference when you put them side-by-side.

I prepared the ones from the farmer's market and ended up throwing away the ones from the supermarket -- in comparison they just couldn't compete, they were so shriveled and brown.

What was even more fun is that there were lots of flowers, plants, baked goodies and other yummies to have...even a little coffee shop! We spent about an hour there and spent all of $8, all of which was either eaten at the time or is still in our frig, feeding our family.

Marissa was saying, "Mommy, this smells gooooood!"

Click here for more information on all of the farmer's markets around the Twin Cities. Support your local farmer and feed your family some goodness. Our family is definitely going to be back, hopefully often!

1 comment:

  1. I love Farmer's Markets. This time of year the road side stands are open in our area and it looks like this year is bring a bountiful crop of melons. I've gone by some stands that had what appeared to be small mountains of melons, sweet corn is in, and squash and such. I saw a lady picking green beans in her small house garden yesterday on the way to work. Ah, summer.