This past year, I’ve done several blog posts about shopping at my local farmer’s market. Here are the previous posts in the series.
I just realized that I skipped the Autumn post (even though I took a photo for it) so I’m going to combine fall and winter in this one.
Here’s the Autumn photo – taken the weekend before Thanksgiving. As you can see, there were still plenty of good things to eat even though it was starting to get colder.
Spinach, scallions, Swiss chard, several colors of peppers, a turban-shaped pumpkin, and butterbeans in the bag. I made soup out of that pumpkin and it was awesome.
And here is winter, taken the last weekend in January. This time, I bought eggs, Italian parsley, radishes, Swiss chard, spinach, scallions, goat cheese, and a cabbage (Maria the kitten is partially blocking the view of the cabbage).
There was tons of lettuce at the market in January too as well as collards and other greens. And lots of potatoes, both white and sweet.
Not pictured is the potato, lemon, and farmer’s cheese empanada that I bought at the market and ate immediately!
The only problem with our Winter market is that not as many farmers come to it, which makes for long lines at some booths. And certain things run out very quickly. This past weekend, I arrived about 10 minutes after the market opened and missed the broccoli by about two seconds! But overall, I’m lucky because even though North Carolina definitely has four distinct seasons and the winters can be very cold, we are able to get fresh local produce year round.
We have several cheese vendors, local stoneground flour, local wine, and every kind of humanely raised meat from buffalo to chicken to pork in many forms.
Here is one of the newest vendors at our market: a mobile cupcake vendor in an Air Stream travel trailer! They also sell good coffee, cookies, and scones.
Here's another look at Spring (coming soon!). And yes, my cats are very nosy when it comes to food.
And Summer. Tomatoes and figs...a few months away.