Farmers' Market listings online. If you're in the Fort Collins area, visit the Larimer County Farmers' Market, open Saturdays, 8am-noon trough October 26 at the Larimer County Courthouse (200 W. Oak Street in Fort Collins). Stop and say "hi" to the hard-working Larimer County Master Gardeners who ensure the market is open each Saturday....and try to stump them with your gardening questions. Don't have one? Then try to stump the Master Food Safety Advisors!
Why should you shop at a market? There are so many reasons. Interested in canning or preserving? Vendors sometime offer discounts for bulk quantities (hello peach jam in the middle of January). Looking for some new greens to perk up your salads? Vendors have 'em. Want a 1.3 pound heirloom tomato? Look no further than your farmers' market.
|It's a meal in itself. Cherokee Purple in all her glory.|
And if all of that doesn't tempt you to shop at your local market, then maybe these photos will... (I'll let you grab a tissue to wipe the drool.) Many of us have wonderful gardens, but none of us can grow everything. Special thanks to Master Gardener Michelle Wilde for her fantastic photos!
|Sometimes I wonder why I don't eat tomatoes...|
especially when they look as good as these.
|Going to a dinner party? |
What impresses the host more than fresh cut garden flowers?
|Eggplant parmesan...where's the homemade tomato sauce?|
|Apples means that fall is coming, but there's still plenty of summer left.|
|Confession: I have consumed 7 (!!!!) watermelons this summer. |
By myself. Thank you very much.
|Sweet corn is like candy on a cob.|
|I made strawberry jam last weekend and there's nothing better. |
Strawberries are also a great snack!
|Peaches are the current darling of the market.|
|The vendors are always glad to see you.|