I love to shop local whenever I can.  There's just something about knowing where the product came from and that my money is going to stay in the community rather than be funneled through a large company.  When I found out exactly where we would be living, one of the first things I did was look to see if there was a farmer's market nearby, and to my luck, Burlington Farmer's Market is just a few minutes away from our apartment.  They're open every Thursday from 2:30-6:30, June through October.  Not only am I lucky to have one that's nearby, but one that's also open every week!  I definitely plan on making this one of my weekly errands, and can't wait to see what all the vendors, farmers and artisans have to offer throughout their season.

The farmer's market in Burlington isn't huge, but they definitely have some great things to offer.  The first week I went, I picked up some delicious cheeses from the Temple-Wilton Community farm, a beautiful loaf of bread from Bread Obsession, green juice from Powerhouse Juice, soaps from Red Antler Apothecary, and honey from Melissa's Honey Pot.  There were a few different vendors there the second time I went, and I ended up finding some homemade dog treats for Pecan, apples from Lanni Orchards and healthy pancake mix from Nu3Kids.  Oh, and I can't forget the amazing hand pressed lemonade from Rae's Gourmet!

Here are a few quick tips for shopping your local farmer's market:
  • Definitely get there early. This will give you the chance to have a wider variety of things to choose from and the goods won't have been sitting out as long.
  • Get to know the vendors.  They'll love that you're asking them about their products and you'll get the chance to hear exactly how it was made/grown.
  • Bring your own bag and cash.  A lot of the vendors don't take cards and don't have paper/plastic bags 
  • Branch out of your comfort zone.  Most of the vendors will have unique products that you may not have seen before.  It may look weird or different but it's probably delicious!
If you have a local farmer's market near you, I encourage y'all to go and check it out.  You never know what you might find!