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The Farmer’s Market – A Fine Thing!

Visiting Farmers’ Market is something that our family has done for almost fifteen years now in two countries and four different cities. Nowadays, it’s more about the experience than it is about the good deals. Usually, we find some fun snacks and go home with a few goodies.

The kids and I went to a local market this week on an outing. Since I wasn’t doing any major shopping this week, I allowed us a $20 budget to splurge. It didn’t go quite as far as I had hoped, but we had a good time.

We snacked on free samples of oranges, strawberries, and avocados and even tried a funnel cake. Yum. While we ate our treats, FishChick ate her hat. So everyone was happy.

We got a mixed bag when it comes to produce and deals. The avocados were beautiful and only $.33 each! The artichokes were 2/$1. The limes were 5/$1 and the funnel cake was a whopping five bucks.

The strawberries? Well, $6 was the going rate. I bought one at that price and I must say, “WOW!” ‘Twas the best strawberry of the season. However, I also picked up a 3-pack of “cosmetically challenged” berries for $4. They were, unfortunately, flavor challenged as well. They tasted awful! But, the kids had a blast and commented on how fun the experience was. So, in my book, that’s a fine thing!

(The photo is not completely accurate of our purchases as we ate quite a few berries between the market and home.)

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  1. The Sensible Momma says:

    I really miss the farmer’s markets in CA- I went every week when I was in college. We have some here in AZ, but I don’t think they are the same. :) Looks like you had fun!

  2. great post! LOVE the pics!

  3. dancebythelight says:

    Do you have any good recipes for how to use fresh artichoke? I made a recipe earlier this week from “Cooking Light” and it didn’t turn out so good. I’ve heard steamed artichoke are tasty, but have never tried it.

  4. I just love the Farmer’s Market. Usually the deals are a little better than the store and the stuff usually tastes much better.

  5. Laura@HeavenlyHomemakers says:

    We LOVE the farmer’s market! I can’t wait for ours to open for the season!

  6. We are so blessed to have a year-round Farmer’s Market where we live – and twice a week to boot! Yours looks like fun – and I wish our avocados were only $.33 each!

    (and the bebe eating her hat is a CUTE picture! :))

  7. JessieLeigh says:

    On my way home from the city today, I noticed my beloved farmer’s market had opened for the season… I rushed right in for fresh eggs, amish cheese, and heirloom tomatoes. How fun!

    Love the pic of FishBaby! Though you called her FishChick this time… she must be graduating to a new stage on me! ;)

  8. Amy @ Finer Things says:

    That photo of FishBaby is a contest winner!

    Haven’t been to a farmer’s market since we moved. :( Must seek one out!

  9. Oh what fun! We are supposed to be having a farmer’s market this year in our tiny town and I am so thrilled.

  10. If I had a hat that cute, I’d be tempted to eat it, too. :)

    We are still getting mostly late winter and early spring produce here: lots of greens, some root vegetables (radishes, turnips), spring onions.

    This post would be great for the Farmer’s Market Report. I hope you’ll consider submitting it: http://toeverymeal.blogspot.com/2009/04/farmers-market-report-april-27th.html

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