Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Farmers Market Travels

Farmers markets are a great way to get a taste of local culture when you are traveling. Whenever we are on a trip I try to make a point to find the farmers market in the region and if possible check it out. They are wonderful places to buy foodie souvenires and gifts for friends and family, and often times you will also find booths where you can sample some local cuisine.

Exploring farmers markets abroad can also give you a taste of the ecology of the place you are visiting. For example, at this particular market they had a stand that sold local mushrooms, which is something not offered at our market in Florida. These are not the magical kind, mind you, but a wonderful array of culinary fungi.

Chef has finally joined us on our mountain vacation, and we decided to visit the farmers market here in Great Barrington to do a little shopping for the inevitable feast parties that will follow his arrival. We bought some Shitake, Oyster, and Hen of the Woods mushrooms, as well as hanger steaks, short ribs, whole chickens, veal sausage, and pork chops. For Lil' Bit fresh blueberries, peaches, and cherries.

The market here is thriving, bustling with activity and has a fantastically diverse group of vendors. It is open every Wednesday and Saturday, and I hope to pay it another visit soon.

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