Ah, typical August weather – hot and muggy for our Saturday morning farmers market. But that didn’t keep it from being a great day at the Franklin Farmers Market this past Saturday. Everything you could possibly want to eat was at the market.
Tomatoes, cantaloupes, peaches, green beans, squash, okra apples, jams, breads, pies, cookies, milk, butter, muffins, lettuces, potatoes, meat for the grill – you get the picture. All good fresh stuff to eat that made a little hot weather not such a big deal.
We saw a lot of you heading home with watermelons for a sweet juicy treat and maybe to practice your seed-spitting skills too. After all, the FFM’s Watermelon Festival is coming up on August 23rd and the big seed-spitting contest is always a lot of fun. This year’s festival is sponsored by our good friends at Whole Foods.
And did you get a sample of the good food they had at the market’s cookbook booth? It was a cold tossed Salad in a balsamic dressing with field peas and other fresh veggies from the market. The recipe for it is in the FFM’s “Eating in Season” cookbook. The cookbook is broken into three sections, featuring recipes for fall/winter produce, spring produce and summer produce. It’s a great gift for your favorite chef and at just $15 (plus tax), it’s a great bargain too! Look for the FFM’s cookbook booth every Saturday at the market.
You might have noticed a bunch of little farmers roaming the market this past Saturday too. It was field trip day to the FFM for the children of our Growing Kids Educational Garden program. The program gives kids hands-on lessons about the good health values of fresh food along with a greater understanding of where food comes from. From the worm “hotel” to the “poop pot” class, the kids get the chance to learn a lot about gardening and the environment. The kids went around the market to talk to the farmers, ask questions about the farms and pick out a nice bunch of fresh food to take home.
Take a look at what was going on at the FFM this past Saturday. Click here and visit the market’s photo gallery!