If you want to know where your food comes from, and who grows it, the Ottawa County Farmers Market is the place to shop. The cost of produce at a farmers market is usually comparable to grocery stores, with the exception of potatoes and eggs, which tend to cost slightly more at markets. Lettuce and organic produce are usually cheaper when purchased at farmers markets than grocery stores.

We are a "producer-only" market, which means that we only sell food that is grown within a 75-mile radius of Ottawa County (with the exception of exotic mushrooms from J-M Farms). The produce brought to market comes from farms that have been inspected by market staff to verify, to the best of our ability, that what is sold by the vendor has been grown by the vendor.

When produce is priced higher at the farmers market versus the grocery store, you can be sure there is no comparison on the quality and taste of that locally-grown produce. Have you ever bit into a tomato from the grocery store and thought, “Man, that’s good!”? Usually not, but try one from the farmers market and enjoy that flavor! While it is still early for fresh tomatoes at the market, you can purchase tomato starter plants and other produce starts at the market this week. We also have asparagus, beets, kohlrabi, assorted greens, radishes, onions, broccoli, broccoli, herbs and honey, baked goods, and crafts for sale. We hope to see our first strawberries of the season this week, as well!

In some cases eating sustainably can cost you a little more than going to the grocery store. But, at our market, you get to interact with the people who grew it. If you see an unfamiliar vegetable and have no idea what it is or how to cook it, all you have to do is ask because our farmers eat what they grow, too! You can also pick up free recipes at the market and visit our website, ottawacountyfm.com, or our Pinterest page for many more recipe ideas. Even seasoned veggie-eaters and foodies can get great prep ideas from our vendors and staff each week.

We have a lot planned this week at the Ottawa County Farmers Market. Alexis will be talking about the Asian green bok choy and be preparing free samples of an easy sesame ginger noodles with bok choy recipe. Northeastern Tribal Health System’s Behavioral Health Department will be making superhero masks with the kids. The Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce will be at the market to cut the ribbon on our 2018 season. And, this week will be the first meeting of “Yoga at the Market” – a free 30-minute yoga session sponsored by Miami’s Bliss Yoga. The third Thursday of each month, Bliss Yoga will provide a fun and free yoga class from 5:30-6 p.m. for people of all ages and fitness levels. Mats and water will be provided. Join us every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at 225 B St NW in Miami.

Stacey Feather is Market Assistant for the Ottawa County Farmers Market in Miami.