About now, Farmer's Markets are up and running just about everywhere. I did a quick search and, impressively, there will be 113 open in Maryland this week. Every single county in our state has at least one, and I'm pretty sure it would be about the same where you live.
These opportunities to get good, local produce at a decent price shouldn't be missed. In our big grocery store age, it's nice to be able to speak to the person who is growing the food we eat.
If you have the chance to check one out in the next couple of weeks, don't be afraid to try something new. I recently tried some kale which was labeled smokin' hot. I asked the farmer just how hot it was, and he pulled off a leaf and told me to find out myself. More peppery than hot, I liked it and bought a bunch. Sauteed with a bit of olive oil, onion and garlic, it was delicious. Even if they're busy, these farmers love to talk, so don't be afraid to ask questions. When you buy something, ask them how they prepare it. You might just walk away with a new family favorite:) If you remember, don't forget to thank them for doing what they do. Small, family-run farms are fading fast. It's hard work for very little compensation. They deserve our thanks.
We're moving into the height of the growing season, and fresh fruits and vegetables are bountiful. Try and make some time in the next few weeks to visit a farmer's market in your area. I think you'll be glad you did! Enjoy the weekend.