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my happy place

Posted May 31 2009 10:19pm

On Saturday mornings I love going to my local farmer's market. This is one of the most exciting times of year for it because so many delicious fruits and vegetables are in season: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, apricots, sugar snap peas, artichokes, asparagus, and so much more.

Living in this region makes having a fantastic array of local produce possible, and I don't take it for granted.

There are some other things that make this farmer's market my favorite (even aside from finding my most favorite cup of coffee in the world there).

Two days before the market I receive an email "sneak peak" from CUESA, the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture, which operates this farmer's market. The email newsletter tells me which what produce will be in season at the market, if any new vendors are arriving or leaving for the season, notices about cooking presentations and events, and recipes. There is also a feature I enjoy called, " What's in your bag?" where they photograph a shopper and ask them what they are buying and how they plan to use it.

Another over-the-top feature of this market it the Veggie Valet. You heard me right—we have what is essentially a coat check for your purchases. It is genius! I've only needed to use it a few times. Imagine that as you shop, your basket or bags start to get quite heavy. Perhaps need to take a break from your heavy purchases to use the facilities or grab a bite. Veggie Valet lets you check your bags for free! (Donations are accepted).

I always leave with a smile on my face.
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