Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Local Farmers' Markets

Before you know it, the farmers' markets will be starting up, and you can purchase those fresh eggs, apples and green beans. West Virginia has a number of farmers' markets all over, and Morgantown has a few itself.


View Morgantown Farmers Market in a larger map

The Morgantown Farmers' Market is open Saturday, May 5 through Saturday, November 5 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. (As well as some special Winter dates) It's located on Spruce and Fayette streets. Each season, more than 30 vendors get together and supply their fresh produce, meats, eggs, bread and more to the community. Even better - all of the products are grown or made within 50 miles, so your dollar is helping out your neighbor.

And yes, it is early, and that does mean you can't sleep in too much. But, you can take a nap after you make a healthy meal with some fresh veggies, feeling satisfied by contributing to the local economy and getting something delicious in return.

The market also allows local musicians to perform, so it can become a really community-friendly event. Good music and good food - does it get much better?

It might! They may even be getting a pavilion soon to help shield from the weather.

Visit their website for loads of more information, including a chart of what’s in season, recipes, and contact info.

In addition to the Morgantown Farmers' Market, a few smaller ones go on around the town. The Health Sciences campus had a farmers' market last summer, and hopefully they plan to keep it. It was held on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gold-South parking lot.

They had delicious fresh bread, fresh vegetables, as well as flowers and jewelry. It makes for a nice break in your day, and it doesn't get much better than buying your lunch right from the vendor.

And in the fall, WELLWVU held a farmers' market right downtown in the free speech area in front of the Mountainlair. Hopefully this will also continue when the weather permits. Considering it's right in the main path of traffic for many students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., it's very convenient. Vendors sold fresh fruits and vegetables.

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get shopping.