For all of our E-Trenders who live in the Midwest or East Coast, the much anticipated Farmers’ Market days kick off in May! The experience of getting up and out on a sunny Saturday morning and shopping the fresh produce of our local farmers’ bountiful displays is unmatched.
An ET shout out to the Rochester Farmer's Market (Rochester, MI) who knocked it out of the park on opening day last Saturday! The talented Rochester DDA team of Farmer "Marketers" created an inviting experience for the entire family (including four-legged friends) showcasing giveaways, live music, a variety of local farmers and fantastic market finds.
ET Farmers' Market Tip: Shoppers should arrive when the Market first opens since the merchants are extremely eager to engage in conversation explaining their methods of growing and personal history of their farming heritage. Shoppers can also gather some wonderful recipes and advice on preparing the bountiful fruits and vegetables. Asparagus, for instance, is scrumptious in the spring time. The young tender sprouts are a colorful shade of green, they snap easily, and are tasty as either a cold or hot side dish.
Strolling through the plethora of colors and earthy fragrances with a favorite person is pure joy. Meeting up with friends and neighbors is definitely an added bonus. What better way to begin a weekend and listen to some live music on a Saturday morning of sunshine?
One travels the journey of the Farmers’ Market as if it were the easiest of tasks. Simple abundance! Given deep thought, however, there is, of course, a more practical and serious side, and with a little planning, a trip to the Farmers’ Market can be a snap. Here are three pieces of advice that will help ensure a pleasurable and efficient experience.
First, the convenience of accumulating dollar bills several weeks before the season opening will ease the transaction for both the consumer and the merchant. Purchases are most often spread over three or four of the stands, so large bills are sometimes inconvenient and difficult to execute. Smaller denominations will put a smile on the face of the seller as he will have many singles to pass along.
Another important item to remember is to bring a few tote bags or a basket. Bringing totes or baskets will help lessen the impact on the environment. It will also help the farmers and vendors because they will use fewer bags saving them money which may be passed down to the consumer. The Downtown Rochester Farmers' Market sells a signature basket called a Bolga Basket. They are from Ghana, West Africa and all natural, made from elephant grass.
The baskets are sustainable and long lasting due to the specialized weaving process by the village. They can be reshaped by getting them wet with water and forming them with your hands. The baskets can be used for shopping or displaying fruits, vegetables and flowers. Purchasing a bolga basket also helps a farmer in Africa.
Good News E-Trenders today is your lucky day! Comment on this blog post for a chance to win your very own bolga basket simply subscribe to the EventTrender blog on the top right corner here by entering your email address and post a comment regarding why you love going to the Farmers' Market. We will randomly select one comment and announce the winner next week - good luck!
These decorative hanging flowers are from Backyard Bouquet Farm owned by Bob Koenders.
Here is a picture of Bob in his IRIS garden...
It's always good to do your homework and find out what other activities are scheduled. The Rochester Farmers' Market offers cooking demonstrations and inventive activities for children.
Another Farmers' Market find - culinary lavender which is perfect for infusing desserts. Check out Yule Love It Lavender here.
So, as our Farmers’ Market days have finally arrived, start preparing now, and then get out there and enjoy an inspiring, educational and delicious time, and remember, you can do it all again the following week! Don't forget the Farmers' Market is pet friendly (we met Molly there last week)!
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Eventtrender blog post inspired by ET creative contributor, Judy Rizzo
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