I love to garden but am a flower gardener. On Saturday mornings during the summer, you will find me at a farmer's market checking out local produce, local art and local talent. The farmer's market is a fun and educational family field trip for the summer months. Some of the markets are already open but most open on Saturday, June 4th.
Here are some ideas for a fun filled trip to the market-
*Timing is everything. Do you want the produce or the experience? Early in the morning is when you will find the best produce. Later in the morning, the market will be buzzing with people and often entertainment. Also, later in the summer it gets pretty toasty late in the morning.
*Walk around the market before you make your first purchase. Make mental or written notes on which stands you will return to for purchases. Crowed stall? Be patient. Crowds usually mean good produce and return customers.
*Use your senses. Look carefully and talk about the colors and textures with your child. Are there samples? Taste! It is an opportunity for discovery!
*Talk and ask questions about the produce.
*Check out the 2010 post for more ideas!
*Check out these local markets.
Peoria Riverfront Market
Peoria Metro Centre
Peoria Heights at Heritage Square
Wednesday nights from 4-7 p.m.
Metamora on the square
Bloomington Farmers Market and Artist Alley