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Have you ever been to a local Farmers Market?

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There are many Farmers Markets popping up in the suburbs.

Have you ever been to one of these and did you buy a lot?

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When I lived in a regional area, I went to one of these almost weekly.

They had lovely organic fruit and vegetables which were very reasonably priced and fresh.

Now that I am back in the city I have been to a few and I always end up buying a lot for one person as often it is organic for the same price as ordinary fruit.

I buy my fruit and veggies at a very expensive place as they seem to last a good week and for me, it is therefore worth it, so I no longer have the need to go so often to a Farmers Market even though there are some very good ones around.
by Finy
Yes! When we lived in Brussels, there were lots of markets to go to, all selling a mixture of locally grown, made or foraged produce and also clothes, accessories, pet goods, books......... we went at least once a week to the market closest to us and bought most of our food for the week there along with other bargains that caught our eye. We became good friends with the farmers and other stallholders, to the point where if we missed a week, they would worry about us and look out for us the next week! Lovely.

There was a local market where we lived in Germany as well but it wasn't as good, so we didn't use it. However, they did have a tradition of roadside stalls selling produce just harvested in the field next to the stall, so depending on the time of year, we bought asparagus, strawberries, tulips, potatoes and Christmas trees direct from the farmer and within minutes of them being picked!

I know where the local farmers' market is here in our new house but haven't had a chance to go there yet. I do use my local greengrocer's shop though and they stock a lot of fruit and veg from local farmers.
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Yes!!! I love buying this way,as not only is the produce so much nicer,but I know that the farmers actually are getting the money!!!
No, but I want to. When we settle into our own place, I'll make a conscious effort to find a local farmers market. I think it's important we support our local growers.
by Vee
I went once, loved loved it.
It made me feel part of a community!
Plus, the lovely food they were selling.I didn't buy much, it was not a good week for money....but I have to get back to going.
The taste is just the best with the veg, and you meet nice people too.
Yes - I don't often go though
by AJ
I love the farmer's market! The one in Sydney was the best of both worlds it had all the city stuff (good coffee, food, entertainment etc) and fabulous produce. Down here they're more about the market, but I still enjoy them.
These seems to be very 'in' at present, would like to go to one and funnily enough only wrote down a couple closish to me yesterday..
by fran
I love these markets. I love the fact that most of the people that run the stalls grow the produce themselves and are a lot more friendly than the snotty teenagers that serve you in a supermarket!
I love farmer's markets. I tend not to go to the one's here as they are really crowded and there's not much space for walking around. I like one's that are open air where you can actually chat to the grower. When we lived in SA we went to a really small local market and it was so lovely.
I have been to Farmers' Markets and enjoy buying produce there. I like the atmosphere and the fact the growers are getting the money direct.
Yes, these markets are great for folk making extra money from their hobby or their garden. Also a great community enterprise.
Yes. But its quite a drive from where we live so I don't bother going any more. Some of the veggies looked great but others were a big sad looking so I don't feel as though I missed much.
Yes,I have been to a local farmers market, and I do enjoy it, lots of fresh produce to choose from,even breads and honey.
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