Friday, May 6, 2016

The Farmer's Market Trend

A visit to the town square for the Saturday morning farmer's market is becoming more and more common for certain communities.  We first noticed the trend when our oldest daughter went to college in Charleston.  On our first visit, she recommended that we go  to Marion Square and check out the fresh fruits and vegetables.  Several vendors were serving breakfast items ranging from fresh baked muffins and croissants,  omelets and the very best crepes filled with hazelnut cream.    Before the breakfast items could be finished, the lunch chefs were heating up their grills to serve gyro's, panini's, wings and more.  

Even our little home port of Monroe, Georgia has a Saturday morning market for the local farmers. Most of these markets are not just for farmers.  There are frequently just as many booths for the local artisans to show off their prize paintings, photography, jewelry, soaps and more.  

I like the idea of meeting the farmer who grew the vegetables I want to purchase.  This method of shopping is really not that new.  It was quite common before the end of WWII to go to the farmers market for produce.  After the war, however, commercial farmers  and big Super markets came on the scene to replace the old fashioned farmer's market.  

Kind of interesting how history repeats itself. 

Stuart has its local market on Sunday morning.   There were more crafters than farmers but it is still an interesting event.  I purchased Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives for an appetizer.  Yummy!

Does your town have a farmer's market?  Do you like to buy your produce at the market or is too hard to break the habit and convenience of going to the grocery store?  



  1. The Blog PoliceMay 6, 2016 at 6:15 AM

    so....seems that the ideal would be to ride your bike to the farmers market

  2. Got up many a morning at 5:30-6am in the summers to go with Steve's granddaddy to the farmers market in downtown Atlanta (before it moved to Forrest Park)to buy fresh produce for the store. Daddy had known most of the vendors and they saved the best for him. We stuffed the station wagon with bushels of corn, beans, peas, lettuce, cabbage, squash, cucumbers, etc and balanced baskets of tomatoes on the roof then headed up the "expressway" at 60mph+. Many of the Peachtree Battle ladies came to their store just because they knew they were the only store around that had fresh raspberries, which I held in my lap on the way to the store as precious cargo! When the FM moved to Forrest Park, same routine but had to get up at 5am...

  3. Forgot to mention, Daddy would be 107 tomorrow May 7th...

  4. Great story Eddie--thanks for telling me. If you have pictures of the store, I would love to see them some day. I did know May 7 was his birthday and I was hoping you would have another little grand daughter born that day--looks like we will have to keep waiting.