The Sonora Certified Farmers’ Market starts on May 18th
and runs until Oct. 10th
Every Saturday, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
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FIVE REASONS TO SHOP
A FARMER’S MARKET
1. Local food:
A good farmer’s market allows for local farmers to bring in locally grown produce, grass-fed meats and cheese, and pastured eggs. This provides farms the ability to sell directly to the public. Many farms actually prefer this method of selling their goods and only sell via the farmer’s market. This means you get locally-grown food while supporting local farms without the need to spend hours in the car.
Looking to eat real food on a budget? So am I! I love the farmer’s market because I can bring home lots of fresh, locally-grown real food for very inexpensive. Without the overhead of a large store, lots of employees, and long distance traveling costs, farmers are able to sell their goods for a fair price. This allows them to make a living and the buyer to afford delicious fresh food.
3. “Shake the hand that feeds you”:
One of the great food heroes of today, Micheal Pollan, said it best, “Shake the hand that feeds you”, meaning get to know those who raise the food you eat. A farmer’s market allows a relationship to form between the consumer and the grower. I look forward to seeing and talking with the farmers every Saturday. We talk about the weather, how to fry squash blossoms, and trouble shot my constant gardening worries and concerns. I know and trust the people who supplying my food.
4. Expand your palate:
Before shopping the farmers market I bought produce in a big name conventional grocery store. I pretty much bought the same produce over and over again: broccoli, apples, oranges, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, and celery. The funny thing is those items were always available and always looked and tasted the same. When I started shopping the farmers market I was disappointed. What no broccoli? Ma’am, it’s just not in season yet. I was forced to buy other produce I hadn’t heard of before. Greens I didn’t know existed, flowers I didn’t know you could eat, and squashes in every color and shape. And each week the produce I bought varied in taste and often texture. Only in a processed food world does everything grow year round and taste the exact same.
5. Fun for the whole family:
You’d probably think the last place a three and half year old and eighteen month old would want to go is a farmer’s market. But guess what?
They love it!
They love visiting the local waffle lady who makes the best fresh, Belgium waffles topped with homemade whipped cream and fruit of their choice. They love watching the people interact and connect, listening to the music, and picking out the food we plan to eat for the week. The excitement of waking up early, meeting the people who grow our food, and picking out fresh bundles of carrots still dressed in rich, black dirt is exactly how I want them to remember their childhood.
Keep in touch with us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 209-532-7725, with any questions, suggestions or concerns. See you at the Market!
Some more fun facts
Access to fresh, locally grown foods, for starters. That may be one of the best reasons, but there are many more. Farmers markets have fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season. This means produce is at its freshest and tastes the best. The food is typically grown near where you live, not thousands of miles away or another country. Shopping at farmers markets also supports your local farmers and keeps the money you spend on food closer to your neighborhood.
Farmers markets feature what’s at the peak of season in your region, so you can often find your favorites, along with new items that will stretch your culinary imagination. Have you ever tasted gooseberries or rhubarb? Seen a Brussels sprout stalk? Slurped a donut peach? These are some things you might find (and be able to sample!) at your local farmers market. Who knows, maybe you will discover some new favorites!
Learn a farmer’s secret
On market day, farmers love to share their secrets. First among them are tips on how to prepare fresh offerings, so if you need to know what to do with kohlrabi or are looking for something to bump up your tomato salsa, just ask.
Bring the kids!
Farmers markets are kid-friendly. Let your kids pick out something new to try. Then, let them help prepare a meal or choose a snack based on what caught their eye.