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Navigating Your Local Farmer’s Market

If you saw last’s weeks post, you know how much I love eating from NYC’s local markets. I truly believe it’s the best way to shop for groceries. However, it’s been a long winter for New York. Even as someone who loves the local food scene, I’ve found it hard to muster up the courage to brave the dreary skies and brutal winds this winter. Now, with March coming to an end and Easter right around the corner, I’m hoping that my dreams of warmer days are about to come true.

This Spring, I hope you’ll take advantage of some of New York’s best eats. I know that farmers’ markets can be incredibly overwhelming so here are a few tips and tricks to make the most of your shopping experience. To find a market near you, click here.

 

Keep an Open Mind

Always be willing to try new things, especially at the farmers’ market. Particularly because most farms will let you sample before purchasing, you can be adventurous without any investment. If you don’t like what you try, simply don’t buy it. However, you might just find a new ingredient for your

Slow Down

It’s hard not to be in a rush in the City. However, I’ve been using my weekly market trips as a time to intentionally practice moving slowly. If it’s not busy, take out your headphones, look a farmer in the eye and ask a few questions. If you’re not using the farmers’ market as an opportunity to learn new things and meet new people, you are missing one of the biggest benefits of eating locally.

Eat with the Seasons

Eating locally is all about eating seasonally. Understanding the impact that seasons have on local produce will enhance the taste and nutrition of your food. If you don’t believe me, try kale in May and then try it in December. Your winter kale will be greener, fresher, and less bitter. When I began to select fruits and vegetables in sync with the seasons, I found that I enjoyed some foods, particularly leafy greens, that I had previously despised.

What to Eat this Spring

Spring is my favorite food season for so many reasons. This spring, try mushrooms, arugula, spinach, carrots, artichokes, and strawberries. If you’re looking for a new tea to keep you warm on the lingering winter days, try fennel tea! Most farmers’ markets sell herbs and this has become one of my favorites to steep in hot water and drink throughout the day!

Also, don’t forget to pick up some fresh blooms from Dutchmill Garden!

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