At a Farmer’s market, you’ll always walk out with bags full of fruit and veggies at the best prices in town! Plus you’ll be supporting your local farmers.
Good Morning all! I hope this Monday has you full of fun memories from the 4th of July weekend kickoff. I had to work on Saturday however we got to go to the Farmer’s Market in Roseville on Sunday which is always adventurous. In fact, there is so much I want to share in the recap, I decided it would be best to split it into 2 posts. So today, I want to share the first half
Denio’s Farmer’s Market
First feature for the month is Denio’s Farmers Market and Swap meet, which is a great flea market located in the heart of Roseville, CA just outside of Sacramento. A favorite for a Sunday activity! It’s about an hour and fifteen minute drive for us there but once there we spend the whole day wandering around the booths. Besides walking out with bags full of fruit and veggies at the best prices in town we also ALWAYS get these vegetables and fruits I’m sharing with you today. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday!
Although you can’t use your friendly neighborhood grocery store coupons at a Farmer’s market, many other standard grocery shopping tips can be adapted to help you navigate a farmers market successfully. You’ll leave with deliciously fresh produce and the happy feeling that you’re supporting your local economy and local farmers.
Fresh Produce for Salsa Making
At the top of my list were fresh produce items for making my Restaurant Style Blender Salsa. For these items, I usually get a good amount by picking up the $1.00 a bag produce. Here’s what I purchased:
Cilantro – I love the freshness this herb brings to any dish. And ground up it’s called coriander, which I add to my Homemade Granola . I picked up the Cilantro at 3 huge bunches for $1.00.
Jalapeno Peppers – What can I say, we like to kick it up a notch. I’ll use half for making salsa and I’ll most likely pickle the other half. We can usually get Jalapenos at $1.00 a bag.
Tomatoes – I love the fresh smell of tomatoes on the vine! At Denio’s Farmer’s Market, you can picked these up for just $0.99 a pound! That’s much cheaper than the $1.99-$3.99 a pound at the grocery store. I also will use them to make my Grandma’s Tomato Sauce for pizza or as a pasta sauce.
Yellow and Red Onions – These I usually pick up for $1.00 a bag each. Which is a little cheaper than the grocery store at times. You usually get a variety of sizes in the bag. I’ll use half for making salsa and the rest for pickling and in our meals for the week.
Fresh Produce for the Week
Green Onions – I saw these bad boys first. 4 bunches for $1.00. Score!
Lemons and Limes – Freshly squeezed in salsa or on fish. Tilapia is on this week’s menu. $1.00 a bag on each of these.
Salad Cucumbers – Great for salads, snacks for the week and I’ll even make a couple of pickling jars. The price on these varies. I usually eyeball what looks the best in quality. Some farmer’s booth have them for $0.99 a pound. I chose a booth I visit regularly and paid $1.99 a pound and only spent $3.00.
Sweet Peppers and Corn – We’ll have the corn for our 4th of July BBQ and the sweet peppers we’ll have in our salads for the week or as snacks. I usually get these for $1.00 a bag each.
Sweet Potatoes – At $1.00 a bag for huge sweet potatoes, you can’t really go wrong. Perfect for baking, or making chips/wedges.
Fresh Fruit for the Week
Red and Green Grapes – Grapes at the market are usually really ripe and will only last a few days but are perfect for snacking or in salads. And if you’re looking for a cool refreshment, place a few in the freezer. On the hot days we’ve been having lately, they taste so good. I believe I picked each kind up for $1.99 a pound.
Plus, we’ve added a new addition to Bergala Family Farms which I’ll be sharing in another post. But grapes are a perfect treat for this little one.
Mango- This actually would make 11 items but I don’t buy Mangos too often at the farmer’s market.They are a special treat to us. They never last long in our house and to me can be a little on the expensive side. But if I were stranded on a deserted island, I pray for Mangos. I love eating them along, in salad or salads. And they are perfect for sorbet or smoothies. This particular kind of Mango cost 4 for $5.00. They were really ripe.
One other tip I should mention is you should always bring a shopping cart with you when you shop at these types of farmer’s markets and swap meets. You’ll be able to carry and buy what you need without the worry of hauling a huge load to the car by hand.
Do you have a great local farmer’s market?
I’ve been pleasantly surprised at what Denio’s Farmer’s Market has to offer! I’m hoping to be blogging more about my farmer’s market adventures, and I’d love it if you’d join me!
Find a great farmer’s market in your town, write up some details with a photo of your produce, and let’s make it easier for others to find our favorite spots!
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