Your Guide to Summer Farmer's Markets (Produce Picks for each month)
Summer is the best time to visit a farmer's market to make the most of freshly grown local food. With an abundance of soft fruits, the smells of berries and peaches will tempt you into stocking up on healthy, vitamin-rich food. Just-picked vegetables are an inspiration to eating more plant-based products. So, where can you find the best food to make the most of the summer harvest?
Why Farmer's Markets are Important
Farmer's Markets are vital! They connect the local food producer to the consumer and are hot on provenance. Usually, the food comes from within a 20-30-mile radius of the market so it cuts down on food miles and greenhouse gases.
Markets are great for promoting the local area, encouraging people to try fresh food and taste something a little different.
You may be wondering: are farmer's markets cheaper? Well, to put it simply, the quality is a lot better and sometimes you'll find that it can work out to be more cost-effective.
You'll discover all kinds of seasonal specialties and inspiration just from visiting a farmer's market, and usually, you can speak directly to the farmer.
Also, taking children to a farmer's market is an excellent way to get them interested in where food comes from (and they’ll love to explore and taste test!)
What to Bring to a Farmers Market
First, bring bags to carry your items home. In fact, bring a couple of extra bags because it will inspire you to cook, eat and buy the high-quality food on offer! You'll be dreaming up all kinds of dishes when you see and smell the produce on display. You should also bring water to stay hydrated since you’ll be outside walking around in the heat. True Citrus has a variety of refreshing drink mix flavors to add to your water to help you get your water down.
Hand wipes are also great for wiping your hands before eating, cleaning yourself after eating something sticky, and keeping cool in markets. Make sure you also bring some cash - most farmers have a card system but cash is also useful for those small purchases. Believe me, the food is so good that you will not be going home empty-handed!
The summer months are some of the best ones to visit a farmer's market. Many of these markets in the USA operate from May to October where you'll see summer produce in season, but there are lots of year-round ones too. You will find a fresh produce market near me or within easy reach of a major city in the summer months. Here's where to find summer produce in season, depending on when and where you go.