With spring and warmer weather on it’s way to the US, many of our seasonal local farmers’ markets are getting ready to start back up. I live in a metropolitan region of 800+ thousand (3rd largest in PA behind only Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) and we’ve got more than a few mainstays with regards to local markets. The Easton Farmers’ Market is the oldest continuous open-air market in the US – established in 1752, The Allentown Farmer’s Market (an indoor market) started in 1889 and Emmaus’s Market in 2003. Bethlehem has several fledgling markets and also a local food co-op in the works and smaller markets exist all over the Lehigh Valley.
I shop at the markets when I am able to, as I prefer buying local whenever possible and the food (especially the meats) seem to taste so much better. I love grabbing a loaf of fresh baked artisan bread, a dozen eggs, fresh apple cider, and the BEST EVER smoked chicken legs.
One of my all-time favorite farmers’ market experiences was visiting the Santa Monica Market in California. I could simply cry thinking about sitting on the curb with one of my oldest friends, listening to music and biting into the freshest most delicious white nectarine I’d ever tasted – to this day a fresh fruit experience that has yet to be surpassed.
Do you shop your local farmers’ markets? What do you like to buy there?