Last Friday, we took a relaxing Fall drive Up North to Traverse City Michigan. I certainly do love Northern Michigan and will never give up an opportunity to experience wonderful food, shopping, and of course the Lake. The weather was lovely and the air was filled with the crisp cooler weather that has rolled into our state. I enjoyed every minute of the day, especially my stop at the Cherry Street Market in Kalkaska. ( http://www.cherrystreetmarket.com/)
The vegetables and fruits were overflowing the shelves into bushels and pecks for sale. The apples, squash, concord grapes and pie pumpkins were beautiful. I love everything about a farm market. I love that it is outdoors. I also love that the produce looks and tastes better than anything available at any local grocery store. The romaine lettuce is deep green. The corn is super sweet. The apples are crisp and perfect without any blemishes. I love that I don’t have to “pick through” the pile, because every specimen of fruit or vegetable is picture perfect. The freshness factor is overflowing.
I purchased two large bags brimming with fruits and vegetables for $17. This amazes me, as produce is so expensive at the grocery store. The abundance is breathtaking and the atmosphere is charming. I love the harvest season and everything about farm produce. I encourage everyone to have a small garden. For those items that cannot be grown at your home due to hours of sun available in your yard, or even just space, I encourage supporting local growers in your area. I have never been disappointed with the quality or the selection at the end of a growing season.