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Farmers’ Market Essentials

Farmers’ Market Essentials

Every year, as the summer starts to come to a close, those of us who do not live in warmer weather climates dread the impending end of the farmers’ markets. Perusing the stands of local produce, vibrant flowers and freshly baked goods is not merely a healthy errand, but also a time to find inspiration from the people, colors and smells. So to help ease the transition into the colder months, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite items—some to use during the last few markets, and others to help preserve this enjoyable pastime through the off-season. Here’s to embracing the locavore life throughout the year.

Above: Fresh produce from Cookbook in Los Angeles, a farmers’ market-esque green grocer.

Above: Enjoy the produce from the markets all year round by canning and pickling your fruits and vegetables. Some of our favorite storing items include the classic Weck Glass Storage Jars (left) from Heath Ceramics and Le Parfait Preserving Jars.

Above: It’s the perfect addition to your two-wheeled eco-ride: the adorable and compact Bicycle Basket by the Bicycle Lady.  Toss in farmers’ market purchases, or other goods from your errands, to easily carry home.

Above: There’s no better place to people watch and enjoy the company of others than the afternoon market. So grab a cozy throw and have an impromptu picnic! A few blankets we love are the Natural Merry Blanket (left) by Lovely Home Idea and the rich wool throws by MacCausland’s Woolen Mills. Just be sure to toss in an extra for cold shoulders.

Above: And of course, you must remember your reusable shopping tote! This fun and affordable market bag (left) by Brooklyn Based comes in handy for lugging around produce and other daily essentials. We also love the Eena Tote by Beckel Canvas Products, found at one of favorite Portland shops, Canoe.

For more farmers’ market essentials ideas, check out Remodelista’s post Tabletop: Ceramic Farmers Market Baskets from Roost.






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5:57PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

This article could have been a bit more "what" & "how-to" than what to buy to take advantage of fall farmers' markets.

10:58PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Brilliant, thanks.

7:38PM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

I am fortunate to have a year round farmer's market but I will miss the summer produce...not as keen on the fall/winter stuff.

6:11AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Great ideas. I need to start canning and pickling.

1:30PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

good ideas.!

6:25AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Thankyou for the article.

8:47PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Love canning!

7:42PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

The ultimate farmers market?

6:27PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Great ideas!

4:33PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

I am just now exploring farmers' markets....lots of fun.

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