The USDA has declared August 1-7 as National Farmers Market Week for 2010. The USDA started charting farmers markets in 1994. Since then, farmers markets nationwide have grown steadily. The USDA will let you search for farmers markets in your area here.
The first farmers market I attended regularly was the huge one around the state square in Madison, Wisconsin. My favorite vendor was a Quaker man and wife team who made muffins. I’d buy a half dozen muffins a week and eat one each day except Saturday. My favorite was pumpkin chocolate chip, which had a perfect blend of spices and used chocolate mini-chips before I saw them widely in stores. I’d usually get 4 pumpkin chocolate chip and then two other different muffins for variety. Of course, the Madison farmers market is also where I learned how to cook an acorn squash. And I absolutely loved being able to sample my way around the capitol, trying cheese the whole way. And being able to afford all the great vegetables, fruit, and dairy products was wonderful too, since I was a poor graduate student on a very tight budget. With no offense to any other farmers markets where I’ve shopped, Madison remains my favorite because it was sooooooo huge!
Celebrate National Farmers Market Week by visiting a farmers market! Where is your favorite farmers market?
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