In May we discussed planting a garden to reap the harvest of fresh vegetables. So if you decided that vegetable gardening was too much work for you, and you still want fresh vegetables there are alternatives for you. One is to visit a farmer’s market. In the Birmingham area the oldest farmers market is ran by the Jefferson County Truck Growers Association and has been around for almost 100 years. The Alabama Farmers Market is located on Finley Avenue in Birmingham.
At the Alabama Farmers Market in June you can get a variety of fruits and vegetables that are in season. Some of your choices are green beans, corn, apples, lettuce, okra, peas, tomatoes and watermelons. This market is open seven days a week during summer hours that range from early morning through 8:00 most evenings.
Another popular market is held at Pepper Place in downtown Birmingham. This is a Saturday market held from 7:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Besides vegetables and fruits there are also crafts, food vendors, food demonstrations, children’s activities, etc. This is a popular market so you need to arrive early to take in everything that is offered.
Local markets and individual stands may offer vegetables and fruits close to you. There are local markets and individuals scattered among many different areas around the city of Birmingham and state. Take advantage of their offerings when you can to support local farmers who work to provide a living for their families.
Once you have purchased your fresh fruit and vegetables it is time to head home, prepare your meal and enjoy your efforts either in the comfort of your home, on your deck / patio, or even beside your pool. The great taste of fresh fruit and vegetables is a wonderful experience you will want to enjoy often.