Who loves a fresh local farmers market? I am a little obsessed with a fantastic Saturday morning farmers market! In Birmingham, my all time fav is The Market at Pepper Place. I love to go down early with Brian and the girls. We love to listen to some funky music, shop for fruits and vegetables, and scope out the local artists!
Farmers Markets are Family Friendly
Farmers markets are super family friendly! Each time we go, we meet some of the nicest people and their pups. My girls LOVE saying hi to EVERYONE and especially love saying hi to all the sweet dogs. Once we get in, I like to go straight to a coffee vendor (can’t live without all the coffee). My fav is the Red Cat Coffeehouse. The girls head straight for the live music! It is always super cute watching my girls dance with other kids and making new friends! This is also a perfect time for me to do some shopping. My husband rocks in the fact that he will watch the girls, while I go get some local goodness for the week.
Support Your Local Farmers
I think it is super important to support our local farmers. Farmers markets are perfect for this! Not only is this a wonderful venue to show our support, but it is also a smart and easy way to eat healthy and organic. We can rest assured that these products have not been stomped on with added chemicals and pesticides. This is extremely important to our family. I am pretty avid on keeping harmful chemicals out of our house. Now, am I perfect at this? Definitely not! However, I strive to lead a clean lifestyle for my family. Farmers markets create the perfect atmosphere to start living a clean lifestyle! I love to let the girls pick some things out as well. This teaches them to be thoughtful of what they put in their bodies and the importance of eating right!
Farmers Markets Finds
We usually walk away from the farmer’s market with some fabulous finds! Of course, the number one item I get is some fresh fruit that is in season. My girls love ALL fruit and we also make a ton of smoothies, so fruit is super important. Next on our list would be some vegetables. Right now we love some fresh squash, zucchini, and banana peppers.
I like to take a peep at the local jams and variety of honey. These are staples in our pantry. And of course the kids have to get some yummy treat! I LOVE Nuzzi, which is artisan gelato. I picked out their berry gelato (which is super yummy) for the girls, but Nick (the owner) let me try some of their chocolate hazelnut. OH MY GELATO! I will definitely be getting this flavor all for myself next time!
Hopefully my kids have not broken down yet, because I like to look at some of the local artists and their work. There are amazing paintings, jewelry, pottery, and so much more you can find at farmers markets.
Finally Juliette LOVES to pick out fresh flowers. Happy Trails Flower Farm has beautiful flowers. We like to hand pick them ourselves, but the owner also has premade bouquets in adorable painted vases. FLOWERS ARE A MUST!
As you can see, you can leave with some amazing, healthy, local treats from farmers markets! I hope that you find one in your area, like Pepper Place, so you can benefit from all the wonderful things they have to offer. Feel free to drop a comment underneath of some of your amazing finds! I am always looking for new items to add to my list!