I love taking visitors to the Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola and seeing their excitement about the fresh produce, arts & crafts, flowers & plants, cheeses, food & beverage, snacks, etc.! The market has a variety of vendors so everyone will find something of interest. My son loves chilling in his stroller and looking at all the dogs. Also, if you’re into people watching then this is the place to be!
My Sunday ritual is to stroll up to the market and purchase my weekly supply of fruits and vegetables, depending on the selection of course. Not only am I helping my wallet, but I am supporting local farmers. Also, several of the vendors carry a variety of organic produce which makes me happy! The organic selection is typically the first to sell out, so I try to get there early (the market is open every Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm).
I buy the majority of my groceries at Whole Foods and stick to organic as much as possible, but even they do not carry organic all the time. Instead of spending a small fortune on non-organic produce at the grocery store, I visit the farmer’s market for locally grown items. I also love the fact that I can sample almost everything before purchasing, the vendors are proud of what they grow and eager to share!
Last weekend, my family decided to take a break from the cold and snowy Virginia weather. Since they were visiting, I wanted them to experience the farmer’s market first-hand. They loved it and even took home some locally grown strawberries and tangerines!
Do you visit your local farmer’s market? If not, you should! It’s a great way to save money and support your local economy.