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What To Do After The Farmers Market Closes

Real Estate Agent with Bend Premier Real Estate

This is the first Wednesday in many months that I am unable to walk out my office door and over two blocks to the weekly farmers market. 

On a whim, I decided to brainstorm on how people can survive a winter without the farmers market:

1) Visit small, specialty grocery stores to find produce different than the commercialized ones found in big box stores.  In Bend, we have a local favorite--Newport Avenue Market.

2) Experiement cooking with specialty grains.  The season of abundunt fresh produce is winding down, so instead of figuring out how to cook up another zucchini, try adding a healty grain to your diet and learning how to cook with it.  I recommend trying Quinoa and Teff.

3) Visit indoor produce stands.  Although some of these are still seasonal, they may last a bit longer than the farmers market because they have an indoor location.

4) Grow herbs indoors.  There's nothing beter in winter than a heavily spiced stew, so try starting your own herbs indoors in pots.  They can be transplanted outdoors in the spring.

5) Also, try growing your own greens indoors.  The National Gardening Association recommends Arugala, Chives, and Mixed Lettuce for indoor spaces. 

This is what I've come up with so far.  Speak up if you have great ideas of your own!

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Bend Premier Real Estate - - Dan Cardot, Broker - - Serving Central Oregon

Dan Cardot, Bend Premier Real Estate

Dan Cardot, Broker
Specializing in Distressed Property Sales

Bend Premier Real Estate
550 NW Franklin Avenue Suite 108, Bend, OR 97701
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Carol Babington
Carol Babington Associates - Las Cruces, NM

   We keep out tomatos growing thru the winter and each time one is picked, we know it is worth the effort because it tastes so much better than store-bought.  

Oct 19, 2011 08:23 AM
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com
Coldwell Banker Realty, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Good post.  Nice tips on things to do until next summer when the markets will return.  Thanks for sharing.

Oct 19, 2011 08:50 AM
Win Home Inspection
National Home Office - Madison, AL

Dan I'm frowning just thinking about it. My favorite weekly task is visitng the Farmers Market on Sundays. These are great alternatives that you've listed. We have an indoor produce stand near my house that I always forget about, I'll need to start going. Thanks!

Oct 19, 2011 09:46 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

One of my Friday highlights was grabbing the dog right after work and walking to my neighborhood Farmers Market for flowers, fruit and kettle korn.  Your winter supplements just might do the trick to get us through til May.  Thanks!

Oct 19, 2011 10:16 AM