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An Online Guide to Farmers' Markets
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Only interested in organic fare? Stop by the Organic Produce Stands site. Organized by state, this site is a terrific guide to organic farm stands, roadside stands, and individual vendors at farmers' markets. A quick search of the area you're traveling reveals the location and contact information for these natural treasures.

If you can't make it to the market, the online world can bring the market to you, sort of ... Farmers' Market Online is a virtual farmers' market with a cornucopia of products. Designed in the open-air market fashion, each grower has his/her own virtual "stand" where you can peruse a list of offerings. Their producers consist of family farmers, ranchers, artisans and home crafters, and the purpose of this site is to put you in direct contact with these vendors.

Whether you're going for the hands-on experience or shopping online, be sure to stop by the Market Report Site to find out what's in season for your area. As an added bonus, this site also provides a variety of recipes, including contributions from chefs, along with information about markets around the world and related news. Additional tips, recipes, and other facts about farmers' markets can be found at the Global Gourmet.

There's something about summer that whets our appetites for fresh fruits and vegetables. Perhaps it's the apparent abundance during this season! Whatever the reason, enjoy what this summer brings, whether your adventures lead you to a busy market in the city or a roadside stand off the beaten path.

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Agricultural Market'g
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Open-Air Market Net
Organic Produce
Farmers' Market
Market Report Site
Global Gourmet
Road Trips

Go Without a List. The point of going to a farmers' market is to get the freshest possible goods, so plan on buying whatever looks best and plan your meals around your purchase.

Browse Before Buying. It's usually a good idea to peruse the entire market first, taking time to taste and compare the offerings of different vendors before making your purchases.

Bring Your Own Bag. You won't find shopping carts here, so bring your own bag or basket for toting the goods.

Go Home. Fresh produce won't last long in a hot car, so plan on bringing your purchases home before running any more errands.

Shop Early. You'll find the best selection early in the day.

Try Something New. Here's your opportunity to talk directly with growers, so try something new while you have the chance to ask about the best way to prepare it!

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