Suddenly the car swerved to the right, making a sharp turn onto a gravel lot with about a dozen mini-gazebos in a two-sided rectangle. The sign proclaimed, Farmers’ Market, open 8 to 12 Mondays and Fridays. Since I live in a coastal area with large inland farming and chicken industries, I wasn’t really expecting much. Usually the outdoor markets here have overgrown zucchini, tired potatoes, and someone’s fruit preserves that are definitely not local.
Like a culinary experience on a trendy food show, the market had a Micro-greens booth, Angus beef available, fresh picked plump blueberries from the Bennett’s orchard, small and delicate zucchini, yellow squash, patty squash, a specialty bakery, and an organic dog food booth with bone shapes with blueberries, and delicious edible looking dog treats. There was a booth only selling loose teas of all varieties as well as the tea infuser to enjoy a delicious cup. As I worked my way around, it was tempted to purchase an item from each booth just to be sure the vendors had enough business and would return.
How could I have missed this local gem? Was I too wrapped up in the going to where I should be or being careful in an area with lots of car, bike, and foot traffic? I almost overlooked an opportunity to eat healthy and shop in a fun local outdoor market and be amazed by a “new” opportunity 🙂