Farmer’s Market Spring / Summer Shopping Guide
Contributing Editor: Vivian Nweze
Imagine eating juicy locally grown berries only a day or two after they were picked? Luckily for you, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are all in season and available right now at your local farmer’s market! Keep reading to see what other fruits and veggies you can find and why you should consider buying them straight from their source!
Farmer’s markets are a hidden gem for nutritious fresh food, often at a lower cost than the typical grocery store. That’s because the farmers and their produce get direct access to you!
They vary from weekly pop up tented booths (most often on the weekends) to year-round venues like the famed Farmer’s Market at The Grove in LA.
Different farmers and vendors set up stands displaying their ripe fruits, vegetables, dairy, and more! You can easily discover ingredients you’ve never tried before. Who better to explain how to prepare a veggie you’re unfamiliar with than the person who grew it?
The most delicious pickings that you can scoop up at your local farmer’s market are the ones in season (the time of year where it’s at its peak flavor for harvest).
For May/June you want to look out for these :
- Valencia Oranges
- Summer squash
Most of these spring and summer delectables are included in various recipes already on the blog, like:
Fruit Skewers with Dipping Sauce
It’s ideal to buy fruits and veggies when they are in season not just for the flavor, but also for the nutrition! The Vitamin C inside them is at a high, compared to out of season produce, and they are packed with antioxidants. Fruits and veggies that are out of season gradually lose nutritional value and flavor over time. Buying fresh food helps you avoid preservatives that can be found in canned or processed food, which can help you prevent certain diseases.
No matter what time of year it is, you can find these goods for sale at a farmer’s market for a reasonable price:
A lot of these yummy foods can be meal prepped for a healthy snack: Get Crunchy: Meal Prep When You’re Crunched for Time
You can find affordable food for your family while supporting your local community, when you choose to shop at a farmer’s market. They can be found in almost every town and multiple times a week in big cities. Kids love walking around, smelling the different flavors in the air, and exploring the varying booths (searching for samples)…you can make it in to an afternoon educational outing!
If you’re going to a Farmer’s Market for the first time or pick up a seasonal favorite from this shopping guide, post a picture of your adventure on social media and tag #TeamAC!