Farmers markets are always an embarrassment of riches. So much cheese! Local honey! Fresh bread! And all that farm-fresh produce, of course. Sometimes I'll go with a super-long shopping list and buy up all the things. Sometimes I'll go with no list and still buy up all the things. And sometimes I'll leave nearly empty-handed, buying just one thing.
What's that one thing? A bundle of flowers!
I don't go to the farmers market every weekend (for example, I don't go if I know we'll be eating out and I won't be able to put the fresh produce to good use), but whenever I do go, I always buy at least one small bundle of flowers. I know, it's kind of a weird thing to highlight from a food-centric shopping situation. I also know that some of you are going to say you can get a better deal on flowers at, say, Trader Joe's. And that's true — you totally can! But I'd rather spend a little more money for a few reasons.
1. Farmers markets have better variety.
A local farmers market will almost always have more unique flowers than I can find at my grocery store. The farmers market selection is local and typically full of fun wildflowers that are just the right pretty-but-not-too-fussy look for my kitchen.
2. I like to talk to the growers.
3. The fancy bouquets are prettier and usually less expensive.
While farmers market flowers aren't especially cheap, I have found that I can get a special mixed bouquet for less money than I could at a brick-and-mortar florist. I'll pick up a nice bouquet if I need a celebratory gift for someone, if I'm going to be a guest at a dinner party, or if I want something nice for my own kitchen table once in a while. (I deserve pretty things, too!)