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Saturday Fun at a Farmer's Market

One of my family's favorite things to do on a Saturday morning is go to our local farmer's markets. We discovered the Gilbert Farmer's Market a couple of years ago while we were living in Chandler, and continue to go to almost every week to get our fresh fruits and veggies, a coffee, and usually breakfast from one of the food trucks there (I LOVE the uprooted kitchen for gluten-free, vegan pastries. Yum!)

I found that I could purchase seasonal, (certified and non-certified) organic produce for a pretty decent price. I love being able to try new vegetables and get new recipes from the vendors, as many of them will offer suggestions on how to cook the vegetables that you don't really see very often in local grocery stores. I also have to admit that I also enjoy the ability to talk to the farmers and really hear about their passion for growing quality food. I also know that Agritopia Farms offers a CSA (community supported agriculture) and you can pick up each week at the Gilbert Farmer's Market.

If you haven't been to one of the farmers' markets close to you, I'd highly recommend going and at least checking one out. If you live closer to the Tempe area, there's the McClintock Fountains Farmers' Market off of McClintock and Warner on Saturdays, and The Chandler Farmers' Market in downtown Chandler, every Thursday evening. If you want to make a morning road trip of it, there's also Phoenix Public Market (with the yummiest little cafe), and The Old Town Scottsdale Farmer's Market. Go out, support the local businesses and farmers, grab some coffee and food from the food trucks and vendors, and enjoy this beautiful weather that we've been lucky enough to have in Arizona in the midst of all of the Polar Vortexes across the country!

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