One of the ways I know that summer is just around the corner is when the local Farmers Markets open, full of ripe heirloom tomatoes, bright red radishes and gorgeous greens. I love, love, love Farmers Markets – they are so vibrant and full of life I always leave with a ton of yummy veggies and inspiration to cook.
You may remember that last year I toyed with the idea of joining a CSA as incorporating more local food into my diet was one of my 2011 goals. However, in the end I decided it wasn’t a good fit for my lifestyle or my wallet, well same thing just happened last week. I took another look at local CSAs (because I do love the concept) but I just didn’t want to spend that much money on veggies without having control over what I receive each week. As a Vegan/Vegetarian the majority of my diet is made up with veggies and fruits so it’s understandable that I want to have control over those areas.
So instead, I go to Farmers Markets. That’s where I normally get SOME of my veggies for the week and it’s also where I go a little wild. See, every month I aim to try a new food – something I’ve never had before that looks cool, or I read about in a magazine, or is just so weird that it must be delicious. Some of my favorite Wild Buys include: Jerusalem Artichokes, Parsnips, Dandelion Greens, White Beans (same as green lol).
Even though I have decided that a CSA just doesn’t work for me, I am interested in checking out Boston Organics for the winter months. In my mind, they are this great hybrid between Farmers Markets, CSA and PeaPod. Essentially, they are an “independent organic produce and grocery delivery service. That provides access to fresh, organic produce to promote and support healthy living in a mindful and sustainable way that respects the environment, supports local farms, local businesses, and fair-trade practices.” Cool, huh? And their prices are great!! It’s only $29 for a box filled with 1/2 veggies and 1/2 fruit AND you can do “add-ons” so you practically don’t even have to go food shopping – you can get everything right through them!
That being said, I am very very excited about Copley Square’s first Farmers Market of the season today!!
Do you shop at Farmer’s Markets? If not, how do you get your fruits and veggies for the week?