Fresh and Local


With the emphasis these days on fresh and local, farmers markets have popped up all over.  Here in Houston, there is one someplace on any given day, quite a contrast to a few years ago when the only market was on the north side of town and not all of the goods were local.

Siena, Italy
Siena, Italy

In other countries, markets are commonplace

Marakesh, Morocco
Marakesh, Morocco

and fill the air with their aromas,

Farmers Market

some not so pleasant.

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Some offerings are exotic, not always recognizable to this traveler,

Franklin, Tennessee
Franklin, Tennessee

while others are the tried and true with honest to goodness flavors lacking in shipped fruits and vegetables.

Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas

Here in Houston, locally grown produce is side by side

Farmers Market many kinds of prepared foods which reflect the ethnic diversity of the city.

Indian food at a Houston market
Indian food at a Houston market

I especially like the Indian foods, so spicy and good.  They make me think of my daddy who would have said, “It tastes like something made out of something.”  He would have been right!

Farmers Market Indian foodOne thing’s for certain, coming home with a selection of samoas, chutneys and naan makes for a delicious and easy dinner!

Farmers Market gingersnapsFor dessert are best ever gingersnaps, the sale of which benefits a center for persons with intellectual disabilities.  It’s not always that my eating helps someone else!

Tell me, do you have a local farmers market and what special treats do you find there?

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14 thoughts on “Fresh and Local

  1. Your post is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. I like fresh and local too. It does seem as if the U. S. could have more neighborhood markets like France. I have pledged to be a regular at our home town farmers market this year when it starts. I forget about it and last year I bought the most amazing and reasonably priced local honey.

  3. Such great varieties of goodies! Makes my mouth water just to see your photos.

  4. A visual adventure! I felt your excitement with each market visit. Reminds me of my Summer in the tropics last year. I would go with mom at the Sunday market and it was awesome.

    1. If you got it that I totally enjoy markets, you are right on. I am always amazed at the abundance of items in markets around the world, much more that I see at most in the US.

  5. I love markets!! When we owned a restaurant we hosted a Farmer’s Market in our parking lot one weekend a month and I always purchased all the fresh goodies to prepare meals at the restaurant. I loved your tour of markets!

    1. It amazes me how many restaurants these days are growing some of their own veggies and herbs. Some here have come up with some pretty ingenious ways to “farm”.

  6. I enjoy going to the local markets when we travel. You can see what things are called and have some idea what to order when you go to a restaurant.

    1. Good point. I never thought of the markets as being helpful when it comes to ordering food. That will change!

      1. I learn the names of what I don’t won’t to eat as well as what I do…it makes for one happy traveler. 🙂

  7. nice find! looks like a great turnout!

  8. Howdy, howdy, howdy, and Happy Day-After-Easter! What are those things in the Marakesh market that look like colorful dunce caps? (Which I probably should be wearing for even asking that question! 🙂 )

    We have farmers’ markets all over the place in the Kansas City area. We have a couple of them here in the suburb of Lee’s Summit where I live, one of which is in walking distance. It’s only there during the summer months one day of the week, but it gets a lot of business. The other is on Saturdays in downtown Lee’s Summit during the fall and summer months. All pretty neat!

    1. The dunce hats are perfect cones of colorful spices. Amazing, aren’t they?

      1. What beautiful and artful displays! It conveys a tremendous pride and joy in what the merchant does.

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