Adventures At The Farmers Market

Adventures At The Farmers Market

This weekend my momma-in-law ( AKA Momma B) surprised us with an impromptu visit, which gave us the perfect opportunity to do something we had all been dying to do; check out our local Farmers Market.

My love for Farmers Markets started shortly after watching Fat Sick and Nearly Dead.  Just two weeks after watching it, James and I happily walked into Bed Bath and Beyond and purchased our first juicer. Five months later I'm still convinced it was the best purchase we've ever made.

The upside is that because of our juicing, the three of us are more healthy than we've ever been. Gone are the days of trying to force feed Jasmine veggies in an attempt to keep her healthy. Now she happily drinks her fruits and veggies and begs for more. Instead of trying to make sure that we're eating veggies for lunch and breakfast, I can juice up our vegetable and fruit intake for the whole day, and get it done in one shot.

The downside to our juicing fest is that it can be a bit costly--enter Farmers Markets. In order to cut the costs we've started finding more inexpensive ways to stock up on our fruits and veggies. Lately we've been hitting up the local Korean grocery store and getting our hull at a reduced cost, however, after our trip to this particular Farmer's Market, I foresee some more early mornings spent perusing the amazing selection of produce at the Matthews Community Farmers Market in our future.

This market has a huge selection of pesticide free produce, along with grass-fed beef, pastured pork, free-range and pastured chicken, soft goat cheese, fresh baked goods, local honey, jams, eggs from free-range chickens, fresh cut flowers, pastas, herbs, herbal soaps, hand-made baskets, hand-made pottery and other crafts. Basically, the Matthews Community Farmers Market has it all. If you live in the Charlotte area, this one is well worth the trip.

Do you enjoy Farmers Markets? Any tips for a Farmers Market newbie? Also, if you're interested in juicing, be sure to check out Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. This link will take you directly to the free version on Hulu. Enjoy!





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  1. We've been getting much more into being aware of what we eat and focusing on eating fresh, natural foods--I was so proud of myself for buying 12 different types of fresh fruits and veggies at the grocery store yesterday. We would really like to find a local farmer's market though.

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    1. You have got to watch Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. It will change your whole life! The link towards the end of the post will take you to the free version on Hulu. Also look into produce baskets. Sometimes you can order produce cheaper that way. Especially if you can't find a farmers market nearby.

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  2. Love going o Farmer's Markets and produce stands. You'd be amazed at the deals you can find there. Kinda makes you wonder why they charge so much at the grocery store. I would say try bonding a few of the vendors because they tend to reward loyal customers with special prices sometimes.

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    1. I like the idea of bonding with the vendors. I never thought about it. Thanks for the tip!

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  3. Aw what a lovely post! :) Hey! I'm from NC!

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  4. Love Farmer's Markets! We have one downtown on our Green every Saturday. We also belong to a CSA so I don't go to the farmer's market every week but I love that its there if I need something specific I didn't get at our CSA.

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  5. How do the prices at the Matthews farmer's market compare to produce at your average grocery store?

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