May 5th was the first day of the Milford Farmer’s Market. It was a lovely, cloudy day to walk beside the Mispillion River and visit local vendors. Open 9 am to 1 pm, the first day of the market had vendors for produce, plants, baked goods, and fudge. According to the market facebook page, a total of 26 vendors are signed up to participate throughout the season.
Many of the vendors accepted cash only, so I was ill prepared with my debit card. There were a few vendors that accepted cards as well, so the trip wasn’t a total waste. Make sure you bring cash to fully experience what’s available. The good news is that there are other things going on alongside the market most weeks, so if you make the trip and don’t have cash, you can enjoy a live show in the morning and visit the shops downtown.
The produce selection is already pretty great. I got my hands on a wonderful bunch of asparagus and sugar snap peas that are just to die for. I am super thankful for the high number of growers that are out at the Riverwalk now that my diet has changed to incorporate more vegetables. Time to eat good and eat local!
If you’re looking to grow things yourself, there is at least one plant vendor there with herbs and starter plants for you to pick up while you’re shopping. Not every vendor was there the first weekend, so I am sure that there will be more the farther we get into the season. I will keep an eye out.
The market is a good way to tell what’s in season, and purchasing local benefits the community. For the entire season, I will be highlighting one vendor each week that I have purchased from during my visit. There is no vendor spotlight this week in order to appropriately cover the whole of the Market.
I am very much looking forward to having this vehicle through which to get local produce for my cooking going forward. The direction of my cooking is shifting to more plant based meals, and I will feel better for it knowing the ingredients are coming from local growers. It's special to me. The difference is in the taste. There’s love in every leaf, pod, and stem. I know where it came from and who grew it.
So my goal is to get as much of my produce as possible from these sources during the season. Support local growers and eat better. It’s a new year with new ideas to explore.
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