Tomorrow, the first local farmers market will open near me. It’s a small market in Westmont, N.J., but there is likely to be early vegetables like local asparagus, radishes and broccoli along with prepared foods from small vendors. I can’t wait. On Saturday, The Collingswood Farmers Market will open just one town down from Westmont.

Going to the farmers market is a weekly treat for me, and all winter and early spring I look forward to the first week they open. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’m curious how many of you look forward to the start of your seasonal markets and what you always come home with after your first visit.

Here is what I know I’ll be enjoying or buying this Saturday when the Collingswood market opens:

  • A breakfast quesadilla made with whatever seasonal vegetables Chef Mark Smith from The Tortilla Press gets from the farm vendors early in the morning before the market opens.
  • Eggs from truly free-range chickens that are big with beautiful orange/gold yolks that taste so much better than grocery store eggs.
  • Pepper, tomato and eggplant starter plants that cost $1 or less each from local farmers who always bring their leftover plants to the first day of the market.
  • Organic fertilizer for my vegetable garden.
  • Replenishing my local honey stock.
  • Fresh cut local flowers.
  • Whatever seasonal produce looks good to my eyes when I see it.

What are some of the things that you always get on the first day of the seasonal market? 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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