Farmer’s Markets – Suburban Style: Week One

2 weeks ago, I started a new challenge for myself, vowing to visit a different suburban farmers market every week for the entire summer. You can read my intro to this challenge here.

Last Sunday I decided to visit Oswego Country Market, which is practically in my backyard. It was opening day for them, so of course expectations were high. I was initially surprised at how many vendors there were, filling up a good stretch of Main Street and a large parking lot of a local business.

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But what surprised me even more was the diversity. There was not only fresh fruit, veggies, cheeses, jams and pastries, but also handmade household goodies like bath products, jewelry, rugs and candles.

I was highly impressed that all of this talent was created by (practically) my next-door neighbors.

What impressed me more was how nice all the vendors were. They were happy to dole out samples and talk about their product. And were very appreciative of compliments. That added to the personal experience. You won’t get that type of service at your local big box store.

I’ve given myself a $20 budget for each market I’m planning to visit (which right now is up to 10), but I could’ve spent much more in Oswego. Here’s my haul for the day:

Chicago Mix from Page’s Popcorn, pumpkin walnut bread from The Breadsmith, donuts from Mik’s Bakeshop, and tomatoes-on-the-vine from Sol Gardens.

Chicago Mix from Page’s Popcorn, pumpkin walnut bread from The Breadsmith, donuts from Mik’s Bakeshop, and tomatoes-on-the-vine from Sol Gardens.

The Oswego Country Market is every Sunday through the end of September, 9:00-1:00.

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