The Redding Farmer’s Market, the first to be certified in California more than 34 years ago, was bustling this morning as my sister and I made our way through the early-bird crowd inspecting potential dinner and dessert ingredients.
We thought it best to develop a strategy if we wanted to guarantee we’d leave with peaches and nectarines — “The Peach Lady’s” line was already snaking its way about a mile down the isle. While my sister stood in line for those divine “elbow peaches,” I looped our bags over my wrists and strolled off to gather onions, grapes, heirlooms tomatoes, cluck berries (eggs) and rhubarb.
Back at the car, we talked about how we love seeing the same friendly vendor’s faces every Saturday. My sister and I feel good knowing we are two of the many smiling customers who understand they are about to enjoy a special privilege – fresh, local food.
There’s nothing like a trip to farmer’s market to remind a person how fortunate they are to live in an area where such a variety of food is within reach week after week.
Want to know what I made with fresh rhubarb today? Go to my food blog and learn how to make Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with Crisp Topping. Soon, you’ll be enjoying a sweet-tart summer treat!