Wednesday, June 16, 2010
You see, Woody and I started a new tradition last summer - to visit farmers markets when we go on vacation whenever possible. This started in St Paul, MN when we were visiting my sister and her family last July. Then we went to two (one was absolutely amazing) in Montreal later during the summer and one in San Antonio in January. It's a great way to learn about local foods, directly support the local economy when visiting another town or city, and support a great tradition. There are lots of farm markets in Michigan - as seen in THIS awesome new publication for Northwest Michigan that can be picked up all over the area. We were able to stop by the Sara Hardy Farmers Market in Traverse City and the Suttons Bay Farmers Market on Saturday. Unfortunately this was our last full day up north, so we couldn't get much, but we still definitely enjoyed both of them!
The TC market is held in a municipal parking lot between the bay and the river that goes through downtown. It's a great space, packed with vendors selling everything from local strawberries and asparagus, to honey, homemade fudge, jams, salsas and other tasty condiments made with local fruits and veggies, cheese, delicious breads and baked goods, and a ton of flowers and plants. Even though it was chilly and overcast, the market was packed with locals and tourists! We wanted to buy a ton of things, but left with only a pint of delicious strawberries since we wouldn't have time to eat it all!