Round out your summer vacation with a trip to your destination’s local Farmers’ Market.
At home, a stop at the local market is an errand, like picking up a prescription or doing laundry. It’s something I do without thinking, so my family will have good, healthy food to eat. But I rarely have time to stop and chat or just browse around. Visiting a Farmers’ Market while on vacation is a whole other experience.
It’s not just the people you meet or the delish local goodies you might find.
There’s just something about the leisurely pace of walking the stands that is so relaxing, and so very vacation-y. Suddenly, a trip to the Farmers’ Market is an exotic mix of culture, creativity and new taste sensations. And isn’t that what a vacation is all about?
On a recent trip to the sleepy––and surprisingly green––Gulf Coast hamlet of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Mr. Litegreen and I strolled post-breakfast. And although we had been to OS many times, we had never noticed the bustling Farmers’ Market set up right outside the downtown area. Go Figure.
We walked over, thinking, hum, a quick piece of fruit or some carrots to snack on later. But what we found was a treasure trove of regional delights, beautiful seasonal veggies, and some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
As we strolled through the rows of vendors––fresh flowers and local artisans, small farmers with home-grown tomatoes the size of your fist and homemade fig newtons and pralines, we chatted.
We stopped at every booth and talked with vendors, people from all over the U.S., and all over the world, who had come to enjoy the thriving tourist destination that the Mississippi Gulf Coast has become. We tasted every free sample we were offered.
Needless to say, we did not go home empty-handed. Our B&B kitchenette at the Gulf Hills Resort & Hotel was stocked like company was a-comin’!
So move over outlet shopping and world’s largest twine ball… from now on, a visit to the local Framer’s Market is #1 on my vacation to-do list.