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Why I Love the Farmer's Market, and You May, Too!

If you haven't been to a local farmer's market you are really missing out! One of the great things about Florida is that there are year-round farmer's markets.

Living in Port Orange where I do, we are lucky in that we have Benedict's produce stand right out the back ouf our house (and I use it often to grab tomatoes, kale, peppers, etc.). Within minutes we have a variety of great fruits and veggies to choose from, all with great prices.

A little further away, scheduled each Wednesday morning, is the farmer's market. It's held each Wednesday morning at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. It's huge! There is a ton of fruits and veggies at great prices, as well as a flea market area to peruse (although I usually just stick to the produce or the kids beg for too many things).

Today I went to the farmer's market. Just to give you an idea of what you can get for the money, I got everything pictured today for just $29! Here's the list of what all I got for the $29 by visiting the farmer'sFarmer's 035  
market at the Volusia County Fairgrounds this morning:

  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 mango
  • 4 cucumbers
  • 1 container baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 6 green pepper
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 6 beets
  • 2 red pepper
  • 8 peaches
  • 13 ears of corn
  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 container of fresh green beans
  • 1 bunch of bananas
  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 bunch of organic kale
  • 1 large container of grapes
  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • 8 lemons
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 5 tomatoes

I usually try to go to the farmer's market every other week, so this will last us the two weeks (and if I need anything else I will pick it up at the nearby produce stand or store). Granted, your family may not eat as many fruits and veggies, but we are a vegetarian family and this is a typical farmer's market stop for us.

Here's something fun to do for your kids - when you visit the market, give them a few dollars to pick something out that they want to try. And don't discourage their choice, instead, embrace it and let them try it! My daughter once picked out a big bunch of radishes. Beyond salads, I didn't know what to do with them all. So I logged online and found a recipe to make radish chips. I whipped them up and she loved them! They are more apt to try something when they have picked it out and it gets them interested in the market.

Many people believe that it is expensive to eat healthy. But that is because they shop the produce aisle at the local grocery store. Stop by one of the many farmer's markets throughout Volusia County and you will find a wide range of fresh produce that costs a fraction of what it is at the grocery store. Many cities in Volusia County have a farmer's market sometime during the week, including Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, DeLand, Port Orange, etc. You can find a full list of farmer's markets in Volusia County here.

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