Florida avocados, giant nectarines, organic squash and watermelons were all on display last weekend at the farmers' market in this upscale Orlando neighborhood.
The growing season in Florida is at its peak in the early and late spring seasons, when delicate lettuces can be cultivated in the still-mild sunshine. Now, in the late summer, the market sees more robust produce, like citrus, squash, and melons.
Even melons, though, can dry up in the hot Florida sun. The farmer selling organic watermelons said that they had been picked a week ago to get them out of the heat, then packed away in a cool place before coming to market. More market photos below...
This is the first of what we hope will be more regional farmers' market reports - we want to hear about markets all over the country. Where do you buy your produce? If you visit a farmers' market regularly, we'd love a report from you. Take a few pictures and email us about your market - tell us what it's like in your part of the country.
The loot: buttery green olives and an orange marmalade and marzipan tart from the French patisserie stall.
This is also a goodbye for me; I'm moving back north this week, so this was my last weekend at my favorite Orlando farmers' market! Goodbye January sunshine and 100% humidity... Fall colors here we come!