Farmers' Market Mondays

My great finds from this past Monday's trip to my local FM
There's a new tradition happening in this vegan blogger's household - Farmers' Market Mondays. Our good friends and fellow vegan sidekicks, blogger Brian Leahy and actress/photographer Joanna Wilson, introduced us about a month ago to the magic and wonder that is the West Hollywood Monday Farmers' Market, and Steve and I have been weekly visitors regularly ever since.

I've never been a real "Farmers' Market person," and not because I didn't love and completely respect all that they stand for. It was mostly because I lived in Brooklyn before, and, after getting through a super busy week filled with multiple subway trips and schlepping all of my stuff around the city, the last thing I felt like doing was going out of my regular shopping routine and finding a new place to get my veggies. Silly Lindsay!

Funny part is that I still have a super busy week, filled now with multiple car trips - but I'm still making it a priority to visit and buy yummy produce from my local Farmers' Market. Why?

1) It's cheaper than buying my veggies at Whole Foods (my favorite place in the world, mind you - why do you think I had such trouble giving up that routine?!),

2) It supports local farmers and sustainable farming practices. 

3) It's fun! Since all of the vendors take cash, I usually bring with me twenty to thirty bucks at most, and I almost feel like a kid in a candy store trying to find the best way to spend my money - except my candy store is filled with yummy, wholesome veggies (that taste more delicious to me than candy ever will - all thanks to going vegan! Double win!).

4) Because in California in February, you can get the following veggies and fruits from your local Farmers' Market: kale, bok choy, grapefruits, oranges, lettuce, collard greens, lemons, apples, broccoli, cauliflower, grapes, mushrooms, and avocado - the list goes on and on...

5) When you buy vegetables straight from the source, they just plain taste better!

My kitty loves veggies as much as his mommy does.
6) Because when I remember to bring my own bags and support my local FM, I feel like I've done something good for my community without a whole lot of effort.

7) Because Jumper the cat says so. (see photo at left)

There are oodles more reasons to smile about Farmers' Markets, so I invite you to discover some of your own this week when you - yes, YOU! - visit your local market.

Make sure to comment below to share your experience with the KMIV family.

Interesting in finding your local Farmers' Market? Go to www.localharvest.org to get started!
 

Comments

I'm inspired! I'm going to look for one! I love the photo of Jumper and Veggies!
Molly G said…
Is that Jumper?? Holey moley, he is so big!I remember him when I could hold him in the palm of my hand...

And you should know, 90% of the country's farmers markets in February have limited produce available... That's one of the reasons why we look forward to spring so desperately! Though Dan does buy me yummy greens each week at the Columbia University farmers market. I agree, veggies taste better when they are local!
peasandlove said…
Haha....there's no such thing as Farmer's Market here. In fact, our high for today was -8 degrees F/ Yep, you read right. Negative! Not good growing conditions! LOL I hope to live in CA someday so I too can go to the farmer's market in the "winter"!
CurlyLocks said…
What beautiful produce! Great pictures! We have a local farmers market here in Lower Makefield...in the summer! Luckily, the local supermarkets do have a variety of organic fruits and vegetables.

Jumper has grown so much in the last six months!
dirtyduck said…
i love going also! when i used to live in ca there was lot more to choose from, here in az, not so much. every one in awhile they have street fairs and i will go and scope out some veggie stands or local artists. VERY cute "approving cat" lol!
Lindsay said…
You can tell I've been in California for six months when I totally forget that the rest of the country is experiencing winter and doesn't have access to farmers markets! Haha :)
Kia said…
Hi!I like your blog and I went in farmers' merket too! I dicover your blog right now!^__^
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