Summer weekends are for farmer’s markets, dresses, and walks through historic neighborhoods. That is my idea of a perfect summer day. There are a lot of amazing farmer’s markets that you can find around the Denver area but none of them compare to the Old South Pearl farmer’s market. It is always on Sundays starting in June going all the way till November. Denver’s Pearl Street gets filled up with all kinds of vendors with lots of unique goodies to try. It is by far the biggest Farmer’s Market I have been to and it has a lot of produce vendors that have become my favorite that I like to regularly visit every week.
When visiting the farmer’s market I make sure that I am always prepared with reusable cotton produce bags, so I can skip the plastic bags and then I carry everything in my very cute woven market backpack from Wild Minimalist. Basket bags and summer dresses like this Gal Meets Glam dress is all I want to wear this time of year. It may be a fancy outfit for most people but for me, I cant wear anything else on a summer day. No matter what I am doing, I feel ready for anything when I am in a nice summer dress.
Some tips I have when visiting a Farmer’s Market is don’t jump the gun to fast. Meaning do not fill a bag of produce at the first stand you see. Make sure to walk the whole market so you can get a feel for what everyone is selling that way you can see what looks the best. I always hate picking up one thing and seeing the same thing that is better quality a few stands away. One other thing to be careful of, that is kind of surprising, is that not all of the stands are organic at the Old South Pearl Farmer’s Market. So read the signs and ask questions before you buy.
The produce in a grocery store is never comparable to what is grown by trustworthy farms that care about providing fresh food to their communities. Buying local feels good and tastes good. There is no better feeling than supporting local businesses that care about your well being. I always find the best produce that is so fresh that it is all I want to eat. Plus the locally grown produce always lasts longer than anything I buy at a grocery store.
After working at a grocery store for a long time now I have become very picky when it comes to food. After seeing people buy loads of junk week after week I started to ask myself what are we eating? What is all this junk packaged in boxes, loaded with sugar and chemicals? Take a good hard look at what your eating because to me most of it doesn’t look edible.
I became more aware of what is in processed food and the process that produce goes through. Like the fact that a lot of it is picked before it is ripe, then stored cold for months before it is put on the shelves, and then when it sits on the shelf, it can be sitting there for several days or even weeks. This process completely strips the nutrients from these vital foods that our bodies need to fight disease and illness. It is hard to trust anything you buy at the store nowadays that is why shopping locally is vital to your health. With farmers market produce you can really taste the difference in the quality. My body always feels more nourished after eating a fresh farmers market salad filled with organic fresh greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, micro-greens, carrots, beets, and whatever else I can find that week.
After loading up on veggies and fruit for the week I like to venture through the Platte Park neighborhood to look at all of the old houses and their wildflower gardens. It would be a nice place to live if I could afford a house here. The people are extremely friendly and neighborly and there is always so much to see and do on Pearl Street. People seem happier and more willing to support each other in this crazy world. It will always be one of my favorite places to visit on a warm summer weekend. I encourage you to go check it out for yourself tomorrow, see what you have been missing.