OK – I admit that I get a little giddy when I head to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. While our garden veggies were delicious, our crop is just about done now so I love “supplementing”with locally grown produce from my favorite market, Cedar Park Farms to Market. It’s like a carnival of health – fresh produce, friendly people, music, crafts, and even pets.
So beautiful, isn’t it? I stopped first at Tecolote Farms (pictured above) and filled my bags with tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, carrots and basil. Ooohhh – basil. the smell is like crack to me – I could just stick it in front of my nose all day and have a silly grin on my face. Anyway, their presentation was so amazing and their veggies are fantastic that they have become a favorite stand of mine.
I then had to head to my ol’ faithful stand, Johnson’s Backyard Garden. I LOVE Johnson’s Backyard Garden! I can always count on their stand any time of the year for fantastic produce and a huge selection. I had to get some chard, some cute potatoes, fab yellow bell peppers, onions, and a fresh canteloupe.
Manheim Market Gardens had incredibly huge watermelons, and, it being the 4th of July weekend, it’s a law that I had to buy one, right? I even had them deliver it to my car – how’s that for service?
I finished up my rounds at Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farms, where I bought a crazy looking portobello! I can’t WAIT to grill it.
I didn’t stop at 2 of my other favorite stands today, Lala’s Lemonade (my secret bribe when my kids come with me), and I had to just walk away from The Mediterranean Chef, where their hummus to DIE for (I already have some hummus in the fridge).
There are so many great stands there – my budget won’t allow me to visit all of them all the time, but as I was driving home I was wondering, “Am I a farmer’s market addict?” I think I am! Hopefully that’s not a bad thing – after all, what could be more satisfying than supporting local farmers, feeding my family some fresh, healthy food, and having fun at the same time? Here’s to fresh summer produce!