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 itemsósome 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.







Sharon Karson
Sharon Karson6 years ago

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

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago

Brilliant, thanks.

Sheri P.
Sheri P6 years ago

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.

Adrianne P.
A P6 years ago

Great ideas. I need to start canning and pickling.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

good ideas.!

Nola g.
Nola g6 years ago

Thankyou for the article.

Candace G.
Past Member 6 years ago

Love canning!

Anthony Crain
Anthony Crain6 years ago

The ultimate farmers market?

Suzanne H.
Suzanne H6 years ago

Great ideas!

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

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