In the market for fruits and veggies?
What does summer mean to you? If you said fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes, little boxes of berries stained with juice, bundles of rhubarb or piles of new potatoes ready to be cooked with a mess of fresh green beans … well, you really need to head to one of our farmers markets to get a fix!
Few things taste better than fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies, and being able to talk to the friendly farmer who grew them makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. Chances are good that you will run into a choice vegetable you’ve never prepared before, and if that happens, just ask the farmer! He or she can probably advise you as to the best way to prepare it.
Of course, farmers markets are about more than just fresh produce. You will also find things like cut flowers, plants ready for your own garden and fresh-baked goodies produced by local bakers. You’ll find crafts and other homemade decorative items, too.
All in all, shopping at the farmers market is one of those things that just makes you feel an appreciation for the season. Imagine the dinner your family will dig into after visiting a farmers market: Boiled new potatoes prepared only with some butter, salt and chopped fresh parsley; a big salad full of all the fresh vegetables currently in season, served with a loaf of bread baked fresh that morning, and the big finish — some kind of insanely delicious baked treat, like a rhubarb-strawberry tart. Add a bouquet of pretty flowers to the table and what more could you want?
The Geneseo Farmers Market runs 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays 8-12, starting June 2, at 111 W. Pearl St., Geneseo. Check out their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/GeneseoFarmerMarket/
The Kewanee Farmers Market runs 7:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the corner of Tremont and Third, adjacent to the Kewanee Amtrak Station, Kewanee. Check out their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/Kewanee-Farmers-Market-345741808876607/