Fabulous Fall Finds in Holland

Photo by: Diane Loew

Early morning visitors at the Holland Farmer's Market on 8th Ave.

Thank you to today's Guest Blogger, Diane Loew for sharing a little about the expected and the unexpected finds at the local Farmer's Market.

Fall in Michigan, my favorite time of the year. I especially love the Farmer’s Market, is there a better place to shop?

As the seasons change, so does the market. It is full of sensory overload. My Farmer’s Market of choice is Holland’s Farmer’s Market.

Photo by: Diane Loew

Row after row of goodness.

In spring the market is in full bloom. Flowers galore and vegetable plants are the mainstay early in the growing season.

As spring changes to summer, so too the goods sold in the market. More and more fresh veggies and fruit become available. Sweet tomatoes, juicy corn on the cob, crisp onions, peas, green beans, peppers and cantaloupe, to name a few.

Fall ushers in pumpkins, squash, berries, mums, and the last of the summer produce. The smell of the market changes with the seasons.

At our local market in Holland, there are booths that sell honey, breads, sweets, yard art, fudge and even smoked fish.

I fell in love with this market when I ran a cookie company a few years ago. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning I would arrive before 7:00 am to have my named dropped into a hat. There are a number of vendors that have a permanent space. But the rest of us were at the mercy of the draw. At 7:00 am sharp the names were drawn and given slots. The earlier your name was pulled, the better the spot. If you were drawn early you would be under the canopy and more centrally located.

By 8:00 AM customers are strolling along 8th Street which is closed off for the Wednesday and Saturday market. On any given market day you can expect more than 3,000 people.

On Saturdays at 10:00 there are special events. It could be a cooking class, an informational class or a hands-on art project for kids.

A local coffee shop sells coffee which is great to sip and stroll. For a bonus add a fresh donut or cookie from one of the vendors.

Photo by: Diane Loew

Fresh tasty baked goods.

Music is provided by various artists throughout the year.

The more often you attend the market, the more you get to know each vendor and some become favorites. As a past vendor, I looked forward each week to seeing some of my regular loyal customers.

I don’t know whether or not you have explored your local Farmer’s markets. If not, I would encourage you to support your local farmers and enjoy the goodness of their labors.

Attending the markets, especially with your kids is a great way to teach them how the food you eat reaches your table. Fresh from the farmer is much tastier than from a can or freezer.

These are just a few of the treasures in our market. If you are anywhere near Holland, you will miss a great experience if you don’t take the time to stroll the market.

Diane LoewMom of four boys, wife of Farmer for 40 years, Grama to 7 of the cutest wigglies ever. Diane lives on a dairy farm and loves the country life and the beauty of Michigan. Her goal is to encourage people to appreciate the land, farming and the ordinary of everyday living.