Visiting the local farmers market every Saturday morning, when I am home, is one ritual that I love.
After 2 days of welcome rain this morning the sun was back in control of the day. So it was in the van and away to the local school grounds to stock up with the weekly supply of fruit and vegetables. Over the past few years farmers markets have become an institution and now they more than rival the supermarket produce. The price is mostly the same as the supermarkets, and sometimes even less. This morning onions at the market were $2 per kilo, supermarket price was $2-95. Needless to say the quality is the tops as the produce is from the immediate area and is often harvested the day before, so super fresh and tastes like home-grown.
The other thing I like is the atmosphere, families shopping together, time to stop and talk to friends and the friendly banter with the stall holders. Many of them have sample trays of the produce for you to try before you buy. An area is set aside to sit and have a coffee and a number of food stalls provide eats. In this area local musicians entertain. Music adds to the vibe. I enjoy sitting with a coffee and relaxing before heading home. It is like stepping back to a time when life was more relaxed.