I’ve Been Doing Farmers Markets All Wrong

I realized this past weekend that I’ve been doing farmers markets completely wrong for my entire life.

Here’s how I’ve visited farmers markets in the past: I walk around and look at the various tents (mostly food tents) until I decide a specific dish from a specific tent. I buy the dish, settle down in a nice spot, and enjoy the meal. Maybe I also treat myself to dessert, if I’m feeling frisky.

That’s it. And really, there’s nothing inherently wrong with this approach. But this weekend I discovered a far more fun method.

Megan and I went to the Tower Grove farmers market on Saturday morning. I went mostly with the idea in mind that I’d get the delicious grilled cheese sandwich offered by Songbird. So we wandered around looking for the Songbird tent.

Along the way, however, I realized I wanted to buy some freshly baked bread and some local veggies. I bought a loaf of garlic bread, and they were kind enough to give me a bag (having a bag is crucially important for this method).

Then I saw a place with some spinach, so I bought that too. Then there was a place with little curry hand pies. Yum yum! Then a coffee place and a Japanese place and a baklava place and Whisk bakery and a mini cheesecake place and a tamale place and another bread place and a homemade Orea place….

I ended up with a bag full of small purchases from a vast variety of vendors. It was SO MUCH FUN. We took everything home (nibbling a bit in the car), and we’ve had a delicious spread to enjoy ever since.

You probably realized this years ago, but I’m quite happy to finally figure it out. I can’t wait to go again to try a little bit of this and a little bit of that from the awesome vendors.

What method do you use at farmers markets?

PS. We completely forgot to get the grilled cheese sandwiches!

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