I lived in Pontiac, MI for approximately 18 1/2 years (my parents and youngest sister still live there) and not once have I ever been to the Oakland County Farmers Market. It’s not hard to get to, and has a year-long standing building in Waterford where you can find anything from organic soap and honey to fresh blooms and produce. I became more aware of supporting local farms, and being more conscious about what I eat during my senior year of college while working at a small vegetarian cafe and tea bar that served produce from local growers. For some reason I had a clear picture that fresh produce and farm-to-table eating was way out of a college student’s budget. As soon as I learned that wasn’t the case I started checking out the schedule of local markets, stopping at roadside stands and never looked back.
A big difference between buying produce from a market versus a grocery store is the availability of pre-washed fruits & veggies (although my mom washed them anyway). When buying produce from the market and washing them at home, things go way easier and get way cleaner if you use a vegetable brush. You don’t need a super fancy one from William Sonoma or anything, you can grab one from your local dollar store. There are ones with brush bristles or rubber bristles, personally I like the rubber bristles on softer produce like strawberries and tomatoes. Scroll down to see the one I use at home. Make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds ( no really, count to 20) , and wipe down all surfaces including your sink and counter.
This post was sponsored by the Michigan Farmers Market Association
The rhubarb and strawberries went right to my grandmother to be made into a delicious pie, and my dad chopped & grilled some of those asparagus stalks for dinner that night. #yum
Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!