A trip to your local Farmer’s Market in the Summer is a great way to involve the whole family in a fun and holistic healthy living activity! Delaware Farmer’s Markets sell inexpensive locally grown and in season produce as well as other market items like meats, eggs and cheeses from near by farms. As if the delicious local foods weren’t enough, many of the markets also have entertainment and activities that are fun for all ages. Music, crafts, recipe demos (shout out to UD Cooperative Extension), and there are even Kid’s Days. Click here for the Delaware Farmer’s Market Guide to find a market near you.
Delaware 4-H wants you to make the most of your market experience by following these three simple tips:
- Know what’s in season.
When it comes to produce, looking for items that are in season will maximize the quality of the product and help minimize your cost.
Sweet summer fruits are a great way to refresh and cool off after a hot day outside. The bright colors also make them fun to eat and to add to salads with summer vegetables.
- Show up early or late.
The market will be less crowded at these times. We recommend arriving at the very start of the market to ensure the best selection of items or arriving later in the market for the best prices. Check the Farmer’s Market Guide (link is above) for times.
- Plan your recipes ahead of time.
Having recipes in mind when you head to the market will make it easier to select items. Here are some delicious in season chef-developed and kid approved summer recipes from the USDA:
- Chick Peas and Tomatoes
- Chicken Ratatouille
- Spinach Egg Bake
- Easy Zucchini Lasagna
- Wild Veggie Mashup
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