One of the things I love about Martha's Vineyard are the little vegetable and flower stands that are scattered throughout the island. You will find little tables or huts selling fresh flowers, honey or homegrown fruits and vegetables. The greatest things about these stands is that they are based solely on the honor system, since there is no one running the stand during the day.
I had always wondered what produce you are meant to buy at smaller vendors and farmers markets like these. It can be quite overwhelming with all the different fruits veggies and other locally made items. I did some research to find out what you are better off buying at the farmers market vs. the supermarket.
- Berries // Since berries perish easily, it is so much better to buy them right from the source, they will last longer and be much more flavorful.
- Flowers // I love a fresh bouquet of flowers, and you can find the BEST deals at markets like this since they have so much inventory. I love buying lilies especially since their smell is infectious.
- Carrots // Carrots at the supermarket tend to be your standard orange carrot, whereas the locally grown ones can come in a variety of colors and flavors, depending on what you are making!
- Zucchini // I just bought a zucchini noodle grater and am obsessed! There is nothing like grating fresh zucchini noodles and cooking them with olive oil and pesto!
- Peaches // I love when peaches are perfectly crisp and sweet, and thats exactly what you get when they are homegrown. The ones from supermarkets tend to get mealy and rot faster. I have been buying peaches and chopping them up, pouring milk and cinnamon over them for a nice sweet afternoon snack!
- Tomatoes // These also come in some crazy colors and will be the most flavorful and juicy if you are buying right from the source. I put tomatoes in everything and love eating them raw, so whenever I see them, I usually buy bunch.