January is half over and I finally made it to the winter farmers market over the weekend. Eating seasonally is one of the few sustainable eating habits that actually feel doable for me, so I love seeing what’s in season at the downtown farmers market, even if I don’t exclusively do my produce shopping there.
Given that January feels particularly desolate to me, I was expecting the offerings at the market to reflect that. So I was pretty thrilled to see a decent selection of produce available. The winter farmers market is a fraction the size of the summer one, and that’s being generous. But because it’s smaller and less crowded I feel like it’s easier for me to pick out produce and even get to know the vendors.
As I was making my initial loop, I came up to Rino’s booth. When he saw me eyeing his produce he said, “What’s for dinner tonight? Let’s make a menu!” So now I officially have a crush on Rino. I picked up a bag of Brussels sprouts and he started giving me his favorite, simple way to prepare them. Then he did the same with a bag of beets. As I paid, he even handed me a printout for a recipe of Brussels sprouts with bacon and slivered almonds. I already can’t wait to visit him again at the next market.
At the other end of the market is a mother-daughter team. They were selling gorgeous tricolor carrots and I got to chat a little with the daughter as she weighed them out for me. Cutest pint-sized entrepreneur I’ve ever met.
Between the delicious local produce and the friendly vendors, there’s just nothing like a farmers market visit to start a weekend off right.