I think it’s important to find a CSA that fits your needs and availability. But if that’s too much of a commitment, then shopping the many area farmer’s markets is a great option, and one that most moms use and enjoy. “The produce (in a grocery store) never looks as good as at the farmer’s market,” said Liz, mom of three. “And I will drive to the country if I hear there’s a good heirloom tomato! I eat a tomato a day in the summer!” Tasha, mom of two, grew up in France and is used to fresh produce being readily available and served at each meal. She recently moved here from NYC and looks forward to trying out the KC markets. “I like to take my time and look around at all the choices,” she said.
That’s the draw of farmer’s markets to busy moms – you can pick and choose exactly what you want, how much you need, when you want it. “I like farmer’s markets better than the CSA option because you can pick and choose,” said Jeanne, who likes the downtown and Overland Park markets. Lori and her mother used to check out the local markets together each Saturday, a tradition that she tries to continue on her own now. “It’s what I learned from her,” she said. “I like to pick and choose my own stuff.” Lori also likes to check out the local markets when she travels abroad. Chris also uses farmer’s markets as her Saturday ritual, especially before doing her regular shopping for the week. “I look for what’s local, fresh for the season and a good price, like zucchini, peaches or strawberries,” she said. “I will pay more at the farmer’s markets to get good stuff.”
Moms said they often bought less produce during their regular shopping when they shop the local markets. “I would definitely choose the local produce over the other. I wouldn’t buy it at the store if I’m going to a farmer’s market,” said Christy, who grew up going to farmer’s markets with her family. “I like to get to know the farmers.”