Summer is the season for lazy days soaking up the sun, backyard barbecues, and our favorite: summer farmers markets. That’s when stone fruits have you eating over the sink at midnight, juice dripping down your arm. Huckleberries cause riots in Montana. And heirloom tomatoes and basil inspire attempted opera singing on the lawn.
In the quest for the most luscious of summer fruits and veggies, we love scouting local spots for fresh fruits and veggies. And it feels good to know that when you shop at a farmers market, you’re sending a message of support with your dollars; farmers keep more profit when they sell at a community farmers market compared to at a grocery store.
Like gardening and growing your own food, bringing your kids to the farmers market puts them fact to face with ripe strawberries, local honey, and fresh corn. Your little ones get to know their favorite farmers, as their eyes light up and they fill their hungry bellies with sunkissed produce. When we’re part of our foods’ story, we have a closer connection to what we have on our plates.
“Our food is among the most intimate connections we have with the Earth,” says Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary. And who doesn’t love sinking their teeth into a sweet nectarine? It’s like eating sunshine. Here’s everything to stock up on this summer, and a few recipes to put your finds into action.
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