You may already be in the habit of tweeting and Instagramming your visits to the farmers' market, but wouldn't it be great if there were an app to tell you best things to look out for, an app that could compile everyone's market recommendations for that day? Where you could see, in real time, what's happening at your local farmer's market — what people are buying, what they're making, what sales and specials are going on. Now there is. New iphone app Farmstand lets you quickly find your closest farmers' market and check in on everything that's happening. See a video of how it works below:
A week ago I was in Venice, Italy, for a short trip, and of course I had to check out the market while I was there! (I already showed you these artichoke bottoms, which were everywhere there.) Venice is a strange and beautiful city. There's nowhere else quite like it: a city of palaces and walkways floating on the sea. It has a tiny population — just about 90,000, if you count the surrounding islands — but it receives millions of visitors every year. So the most famous market, the Rialto, of necessity has something of a tourist flair. Take a peek!
Last night at a little bar in Venice, Italy, we snacked on rounds of artichoke bottoms, soaked in oil and marinated in spices. Tender and cool, they were a lovely start to a meal — flavorful and not too filling. Today I saw how these things are sold: by the half dozen, bobbing in water at the market!
Following our visit to the West End farmers' market in Vancouver, British Columbia, we hopped on a ferry to Vancouver Island and the capital city of Victoria. Boasting the mildest climate in Canada, Vancouver Island is home to many food and wine producers, several of whom can be found at the vibrant Bastion Square market on Sundays.
We're talking about farmers' markets this week on The Kitchn, so I was bummed that I missed my own market this past Saturday morning. But then — wait! I realized that this was the very first week of a new mid-week, Wednesday evening market in my neighborhood. I love mid-week markets — do you have one in your town?
It's become a bit routine for me, so it was a joy to set out on this particular Saturday morning to visit the Lawrence, Kansas farmers' market with a mission to share its quality and energy with The Kitchn community. It was the hottest day of the year, but you wouldn't know it by looking around. Things were buzzing as usual: curious shoppers chatting with local organic farmers, tasting the samples of artisan food makers' products, and even enjoying the driving music of a fiddler:
This picture right here just about sums up everything I love about farmer's markets in general and my little market here in Northern California specifically. It's a small smile, a quiet pride, and an absolute insistence that I try these plums, these ones right here, right now, before they're all gone.
Portland's biggest market, held at Portland State University on Saturdays, is bursting with flavorful produce, friendly faces, live music and local delights. Visiting the market over seven years ago is what fully lured me and my husband into moving to Portland in the first place. It's one of the most spectacular, seasonal, fresh and enjoyable places on Earth!
We'll pull over to visit a roadside farm stand any time of year, so we've put together a list of resources to help you find roadside stands, pumpkin patches, and pick-your-own farms in all 50 states. Let us know if you have a particular favorite in your part of the world!