On the road, food is often frozen, dried or canned. That does get old after awhile. Finding farmer’s markets while on vacation isn’t as tricky as it sounds. Use these methods and references and have fresh produce wherever you travel.
Stop and ask. Diners, gas stations and local grocery stores all know if a farmer’s market is in the area. It never hurts to ask. Besides, you may get a reference such as, “..tell ’em Jake sent ya’ and they’ll give ya’ a discount.” You never know. You may even make a friend or two.
On the internet, go to a site called Pick Your Own. This site lists farms where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables. You generally supply your own containers, or they are supplied for you. What you pick is weighed, and you pay less than at the grocery store.
Visitors to the site and farmers can add pick-your-own farms to the site, allowing even more customers to obtain healthy and fresh food. The farms are listed by county, so asking where you are is a good idea.
There is no charge for using the site, or for listing farm.
Another site to access is Local Harvest. Shop their online store for a plethora of organic products, seeds, pet products and more. They list farmers and ranchers devoted to heirloom crops and animals in danger of extinction. These heirloom foods have flavors the modern world has forgotten. Often, they’re higher in nutrition than the hybrids at the local grocery store.
One unique offering of this site is “Community Supported Agriculture.” Farmers sell a number of “shares” to the public. A share is a box or bag of fresh produce delivered every week throughout the growing season. It’s a way for farmers to get cash flow early, and for consumers to have farm fresh food while getting to know the people growing it.
I entered my zip code, and found three farms within an hour’s drive of me. Two offered produce only, while the third offered meat and produce.
When passing by a roadside stand, I always stop. A fresh apple or two (or four) here, a bucket of potatoes there, it all adds up. I make a point of asking the farmer how long the stand has been there, and how much longer in the season it will remain. I’ve found many stands in Bexar County, Texas that sell throughout the growing season year after year.
Advertising is by word of mouth for these roadside stands. A blog spot listing them would certainly help, as would listing them in the Local Harvest site.
Fresh food isn’t hard to find if you know where and how to look. Most of the time, it’s cheaper than the local supermarket, too. You may find the kids eating farm fresh vegetables they refuse to eat from the store. The taste is unbeatable.
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse forms of DIY, home improvement and repair, crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects and more.
Source: Karen (no last name given), “Tips for Finding Farmers Markets,” RV Fun Times Guide to RVing website, no date given