Farmer's Markets are in full swing around here. My family has been visiting lots of local area markets. So far we have visited Polk City, Ankeny, Johnston and Des Moines. By far Des Moines is the largest and also the busiest. It is nice to attend the smaller town markets too. It's fun to visit with the vendors and admire all the crafts, produce and baked items.
I grow most of my own produce but I still like to go to the markets to get those certain things that either aren't ready for picking yet in my own garden or things I just didn't plant. For instance last night I got some sugar snap peas and cucumbers. My peas have all died off and my cucumbers are about 2 inches long!
I feel good about purchasing from the market. I love supporting our local farmers and I would love someday to be one of those vendors out there selling my own produce. Maybe next year...
Do any of you shop at Farmer's Markets?
To find a list of local farmer's markets for Iowa head over here. I couldn't access the PDF files in Firefox, it just froze my computer. Internet Explorer had no problems. For anyone not in the state of Iowa you can head over to Localharvest.org. This is a great resource to find local foods.