A to visit Roberts in Homestead, Florida proved to be a wonderful experience. There was a huge array of tropical fruits, local-grown seasonal produce, fresh herbs, sunflowers and more! What a way to support local growers and revamp the creative juices in my kitchen. I chose mint, opal basil, baby potatoes, a red bell pepper, an extremely ripe mango, corn on the cob, fresh local-grown, ripe tomatoes, an orange, bananas and an avocado. I plan to use them during the week and the only regret is that I did not buy more. The mango and orange were sliced for a rather delectable breakfast treat. The mango literally tasted like candy, it was so ripe! I plan to try more tropical fruits the next time I go - there were many from the area that I have not heard of before. The tomatoes were astounding - they were so ripe, juicy and delicious. We ate some of them sliced fresh with just a little oil, vinegar and black pepper. Later on in the day I roasted some of the tomatoes for a simple angel hair pasta dish with roasted marinara, complete with the opal basil that was also at the market. See the recipes in this issue for a wonderful dinner idea based on fresh produce.
Why should you attend a farmer’s market? • A cheap family outing and fun event • Some exercise and Vitamin D from walking around outside. • Learn more about produce • Try new things • Eat more fruits and vegetables • Get items that are fresher, better tasting and naturally ripe • Support local growers • Great bargains on local seasonal produce
Here is what you should bring: • Cash • Hat/sunglasses • Water - if it is hot outside you might get thirsty on your expedition • Bug spray if there are mosquitoes near you • A bag or box to carry your items home • Cooler with ice in case you have other errands to run afterwards - some items like leafy lettuce and fresh herbs are more delicate and may not hold up that well in a hot car.
For More Information To find a farmer’s market near you, visit http://www.localharvest.org/
Stephanie Ronco has been editing in a professional capacity for the past 10 years. In addition to her work as an editor, Ronco has also served as a ghostwriter and writing tutor. A voracious reader, Ronco loves watching language evolve and change. When she’s not delving into her latest project, Ronco can be found teaching acting classes, performing in community theater, or sailing with her husband.