Going against the flock, I recently moved from sunny Naples, Florida, to the frigid Midwest, and not a day shy of winter. My acclimation to the weather, however, was not nearly as challenging as not knowing my way around. I miss the familiarity of all the local hangouts, family-owned businesses, and especially the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market.
I was reminded of my weekly ritual by The Saturday Evening Post’s article on green-living expert Sara Snow in the Mar. /Apr. 2009 issue. I wondered if there were any markets in my new neighborhood. After a little research, I found a helpful Web site, localharvest.org, listing not only farmers’ markets but also community supported agricultures (which, to be honest, I had never heard of until I read the article). I found that the farmers’ markets in my area don’t open until May, but there are certainly plenty of regions—Naples, Florida included—with fall/winter markets.
If you know of another resource or would like to share a favorite farmers’ market product or recipe, we’d love to hear about it.