Farmers Markets in Full Swing
From sampling and savoring Hardeman County’s fruits and vegetables to getting to know the folks who grow and harvest their own food, there are plenty of reasons to support farmers markets.
Knowing where your food comes from by talking to the vendors and producers is important, as most meats, eggs, cheeses are from animals have been raised without antibiotics or hormones and get to graze of fresh grass and eat natural diets. You can also learn what kind of soils and care go into growing fresh fruits and vegetables.
At the farmers market there is an abundance in the variety of produce that you don’t get to see in some grocery stores, giving you the ingredients you need to prepare nutritious and tasty dishes for any mealtime. Oftentimes, the best meal ideas for recipes are found by visiting with the farmers and ranchers and artisans.
Fruits and vegetables are the freshest at the farmers markets, where they are allowed to ripen fully and brought fresh to you from the farm and not shipped from long distances, letting you not only taste the real flavors, but nourish you and your family with food that is minimally processed, not altered genetically, or with added preservatives or dangerous pesticides.
So, if you haven’t been lately, stroll amidst the open-air atmosphere of the farmers market in either Bolivar on Saturdays and Tuesdays beginning at 7:30 a.m., or in Grand Junction at the Lafayette Gin on Fridays from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. Make sure you connect with your community this weekend.