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The Simple Pleasure Of The Farmers’ Market

Round out your summer vacation with a trip to your destination’s local Farmers’ Market.

No matter where you are, a trip to the local veggie stand is always a good idea.

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.

About Sebrina Zerkus Smith

Professional writer, foodie. Lupus survivor. Loves pugs, wine, days at the beach and good movies. Takes recycling seriously, but not much else. Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.

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