I worked at the Moscow, Idaho Farmer’s Market this weekend and it was so much fun! Helping Jake out at the Allan Family Farm booth, we arrived early and got to enjoy the vendor side of the farmer’s market and watch people set up, joke with other booth owners and get to know others in the community.
The morning started out quickly and early, harvesting fresh kales to sell. Then we drove the market, set up and waited for people to arrive. They began to trickle in at 8am and then the area got crowded and exciting.
The scene was bustling and crowded as people arrived to source their local produce, vegetables and crafts. I got to see what it was like to sell kale, syrups, jams, beets, arugula and walnuts, not just buy them!
The feeling here is hectic but exciting as I get to share in the best part of everyone’s weekend. The Moscow market has been consistently voted as the “Most Positive Thing” about the city and this market is acclaimed as one of the biggest and best in the Pacific Northwest. Standing here and watching is almost like sitting at an airport; watching people roll in and out with their suitcases except this time it’s creative looking carts, African woven baskets and eco-friendly bags.
Since we were selling kale, arugula and beets, I brought an awesome book I have, The Farmer’s Market Guide by Jennifer Loustau to show people what they can do with their local and fresh produce. Bookmarked with the pages for our vegetables, people loved reading about what they could cook when they returned home.
I took a minute to walk the market and pick up some things of my own: fresh bread, a new cactus plant for my succulent collection, some local goat cheese and delicious fluffy bread. I even found some Romanesca, which I love! A cross between broccoli and cauliflower, not only is it totally alien and pleasing to my creative tastes, but it is light and creamy when cooked. I made some savory crepes with it.
The most positive thing about Moscow, Idaho, the market was also the most enjoyable part of my weekend!
What is your local farmer’s market like?
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