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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

I Love Farmer's Markets

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Are you as excited about shopping at farmer's markets as I am? I just love wandering around checking out all the fresh produce, plants, flowers and herbs. That is one of the best signs of spring. Usually I make a point to get to one every week. Today the Westown Farmer's Market opened at Zeidler Union Square in downtown Milwaukee. It's Milwaukee's oldest farmer's market. It runs every Wednesday from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. through October 28. But it's just one of many great farmer's markets in the area. I often find myself at the West Allis Farmer's Market. I've learned one thing is crucial when you go to farmer's markets. Have a strategy, and an idea of how you plan to use your purchases. It's easy to get swept up in the moment, and buy far more than you ever need or have time to cook. One time I purchased a year's worth of popcorn. (Smiles) This year, I plan is to be organized. I don't want to see veggies, herbs and fruits shriveled up and looking sad at the bottom of my refrigerator. I hate to waste, and I know the key is to not overbuy. And even if you do, a trip to the farmer's market is worth it. There's something cathartic about finding that perfect sweet corn, or lovely tomatoes from the outdoor stands sold often by those who grew them. Somehow, you feel closer to Mother Nature, closer to the earth, even if most of your life is spent at a computer and living in the suburbs.

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