The scent of strawberries and biscuits is intoxicating as we make our way through the Nashville Farmer’s Market. We don’t live here, we’re visiting for the weekend, but when I visit a new city, I absolutely adore making a stop at the local market. A few weeks back, I visited the one in Kansas City. Live music provides the perfect lively accompaniment to a morning stroll. Hop in an uber and say “See ya later” to the touristy part of town – go where the locals go and get a taste for your home away from home. Here’s why you should include a visit to the Farmer’s Market next time you travel, whether you find yourself in a nearby town, a different state, or another country.
Early Risers: If you’re traveling with your children, chances are you’re up at the crack of dawn. The thing is, even if you travel without them, your body still naturally wakes up early. Luckily, local Farmer’s Markets are usually bustling by 8am. It’s the perfect place to grab a hot coffee, people watch, and breathe in the morning air – well before any other attraction opens!
Local Love I stop to chat with a jewelry designer, then a local farmer. Wondering the market, you’ll find folks are friendly, and it’s the perfect way to get a feel for the city. I love seeing the local fashion, how they’re wearing their babies, and what they’re accents are like. Chances are, if you start making conversation, you’ll be rewarded with some interesting pointers on what else to see and do in the area.
Healthy Fare: You don’t need to eat fast food just because you’re traveling! I enjoyed a delicious pork sandwich for lunch, accompanied by a pint of organic strawberries followed by an iced latte. From food trucks to farmers, nearby restaurants and coffee shops, a farmer’s market is a true hub of local, authentic fare. There’s something about chatting with a food producer that authenticates the eating experience.
Artisanal Shopping: I love heading home with a souvenier or two, but airport prices are sky high and tourist traps are gimmicky. I head home with some lavender dryer packages, a handmade headband for my baby girl and a full belly. Supporting entrepreneurs and heading home with a new piece or two is just doing your part to support the economy!
Keep Active: Lounging by the pool has its moment, but doesn’t it feel better when you add some steps to your fitbit? A stroll through a farmer’s market is the perfect way to start the day off in an active manner.
Kid Friendly: There’s often live music, face painting, delicious snacks and ample space for your energetic little ones to run around. What a great way to introduce your children to the local scene and teach them an appreciation for other cultures!
Look up the local farmer’s market before you go to check out hours, parking, and booths you would like to visit. Most markets have a Facebook page where you can find all the info you need to plan your morning!
Visiting your own farmer’s market close to home is a great way to stock up on plants and veggies, but next time you’re visiting another city don’t forget to add their market to your list of things to do. After all, one mama’s local is another mama’s adventure!