Friday, May 31, 2013

Making the Most of the Farmer's Market

Nicole Brown, Marketing Intern Coordinator

Farmer’s markets mean fresh fruits and vegetables, but that’s not all. Most markets also include family activities, entertainment and more in order to be an enjoyable experience for all.

The Lexington Farmer’s Market is a collection of local farmers selling their goods. It strives to boost the local economy, increase farming sustainability, and provide affordable, quality food to the people of Lexington. The whole family, including pets, is welcome at the Lexington Farmer’s Market!

Even if you aren’t looking to buy, the Farmer’s Market can make for a nice afternoon out. It provides a variety of entertainment options including cooking demonstrations, live music and games for kids. Check the website for specific events!

The market operates five days a week during the summer and fall. Free parking is available at all locations.

  • Cheapside Park (Fifth Third Pavilion)
  • 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Now through November 30
  • The Saturday market at Cheapside Park is considered the most permanent location, and is usually the largest market, offering the most variety.
  • Southland Drive
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Now through October 27
Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • South Broadway and East Maxwell
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Now through November 26
  • Alumni Drive and University Drive (Commonwealth Stadium)
  • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Now through August 14
  • Apart from the fruits and veggies you’d expect, vendors offer prepared foods, sauces, meats, cheeses, dog treats, wines, soaps and more. For a full list of vendors and links to their respective sites, visit this list.
  • Make a meal of it. Plan to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at the market, that way you won’t be shopping on an empty stomach.
  • Ask the vendors for help. They’re very knowledgeable and can help you choose the produce that’s the appropriate ripeness for your planned use, make recipe suggestions and more.
  • Bring cash. Only some vendors will accept credit cards, so cash is your safest bet.
  • Research what foods are in season and plan for what you are going to buy.
  • Pack a cooler in the car so that you can quickly get your items to a safe storing temperature.
  • The market usually operates rain or shine.

For more information, visit the Lexington Farmer’s Market website!

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