Weekend at the Farmers Market – Happy Labor Day Weekend!

 

Today is Labor Day!  Labor Day usually signifies the “end” of summer and the “beginning” of school! It’s a holiday which celebrates the “fruits of our labor” – ba dum dum!  If you’re one of the lucky ones and actually get this day off,  it’s also the perfect time to visit your local farmer’s market (sometimes called green market)!  Buying local is a great way to support your local farmers and to sample the fruits of their labor (yes – I did it again!). It’s also a wonderful way to try some locally grown fruits and veggies, perhaps some that you’ve never seen or heard of before.  Some fruits and vegetables can be quite intimidating  by their looks. You can touch them, taste them and ask the farmer how to use them.

The farmer’s market also has other vendors there.  Perhaps some fresh homemade bread or pastries.  Some locally grown honey.  Some pickled or fermented veggies.  Even pickles!  Home made ices or ice cream.  Some have grass-fed meats, chicken and pork.  My farmer’s market actually had an organic jerky maker who also made fruit jerky for the vegetarians!  Most green markets are pet friendly so feel free to bring you dogs.  Water is provided and some vendors even have samples of dog treats for them to try to keep them hydrated and nourished in this hot weather. So you see, there’s always something for everyone!

I made my Green Fruit Salad with the ingredients that I bought that day.  It’s really simple.  No rules to follow.  No measuring.  Add what you like or what you have around your home.

 

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Green Fruit Salad

Mixed green salad

Orange segments

Grapes

Watermelon

Sliced banana

Honeydew Melon Balls (I use this melon baller to make all kinds of fruit balls)

Cantaloupe Balls

Pitted Cherries (I use this cherry pitter to pit cherries and olives)

Sunflower seeds for added crunch

*Feel free to add fresh herbs such as cilantro, parsley, basil or dill for added flavor*

I do not add any salad dressing because the fruit has natural juices and flavors so I find no need to.  However, if you feel you want a salad dressing, consider making an easy Orange Juice Vinaigrette.

Orange Juice Vinaigrette

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

2 tbsp Olive Oil (Or coconut oil, flax seed oil, etc.)

1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tbsp RAW honey

Salt & Pepper to taste

Whisk up and serve

If you need help finding a local Farmer’s Market, there are two websites that I use:

USDA Local Food Directories

Local Harvest

Farmer’s Markets can be seasonal depending where you live.  You can use the above links and check out “Winter Markets” for the state that you live in.

Treat yourself to the experience of shopping at a local farmers markets.  It’s a great way to spend the day outdoors, trying new produce that you may have never seen or heard of before.  It’s a wonderful way to give back to your local farmers for what they do best . . . bring food to your table!!

Here’s to the end of summer and the beginning of that wonderful season call Fall!

Enjoy!

Michele 

 

 

 

 

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