You Don’t Have To Plant A Garden To Eat Home Grown Food

I can’t imagine a summer without a garden.

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Fresh tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and lettuce just a few steps from my door.  And, even though every year it seems I am fighting either the weather or some bug or critter (usually all three),  it’s something I love to do.

Many people get very enthusiastic about gardening in the spring.  Planting a garden is no big deal.  Maintaining a garden is a whole different matter.  It’s very easy to get discouraged when squash bugs invade your veggies overnight or when raccoons harvest your corn the night before your planned picking date.  There’s the spring storms that bring wind, hail and tornadoes.  Summer brings heat, humidity, and drought.  And, it’s a well-known fact that weeds grow 3 feet overnight.

I can understand why people give up.

Thankfully, we live in an area that supports many Farmer’s Markets.  These growers are dedicated to bringing fresh food to your table.  I love that I can talk to these gardeners face to face and discuss the varieties they grow, along with their gardening methods and techniques.

Not only are there fruits and veggies, there are farmers that grow their own beef, chicken and pork to sell at the market.

Bakers will bring their baked goods.

Artists will bring their art.

And musicians will bring their music.

It’s a wonderful thing and a great beginning to spring.

The Fayetteville Farmer’s Market will begin this weekend.  Approximately 60 vendors will set up around the historic square this year. The weather looks to be beautiful and a great day to kick off this award-winning market.

I also wanted to let you know about another way to receive fresh food from a local source. Northwest Arkansas Local Harvest is part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)group that offers either a weekly delivery of seasonal produce to your door (for Fayetteville residents) or on a scheduled pick up date for those outside the city limits.  Most CSA’s are dedicated to providing naturally grown food without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers.  To learn more about this CSA, check out their website.  To see a list of local food sources in Northwest Arkansas, check out the NWA Local Food Guide.

CSA’s are located all over the United States.  To find one near you, go to Local Harvest.org and search for your area.  I think it’s great to support small farm efforts to bring us fresh, chemical free food.  Gardening is hard work and I so appreciate these people who dedicate themselves to providing us with a healthy option for food.

If you find a farm/CSA you like, let people know!

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About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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12 Responses to You Don’t Have To Plant A Garden To Eat Home Grown Food

  1. That is an impressive Farmers Market! We have a tiny one in our small town.

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  2. Buffy says:

    Wow Fayetteville has a great farmers market! Our local one is much smaller but Farmer Rick and I love to go down on Saturday morning and visit with all the farmers! I have been volunteering with a New CSA farm that is partnering with Heifer Project. They are located in North Little Rock at the old St. Joseph orphanage. St. Joseph Farm! Check it out if you are every motorcycling that way! Stay safe from the storms today!

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    • I will check it out! My local farmer’s market is very small, too. I work in Fayetteville close to the square so it’s convenient to pop by before work.
      I wish I had time to volunteer at our local CSA. I could learn SO much! These people are truly amazing to me. You stay safe, too. I don’t like tornado season!

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  3. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Great post! I used to grow a lot more vegetables but someone kept planting trees so there’s little sunny space left. Now we rely on farmers markets and a great local CSA! Almost as good as picking your own!

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  4. Mags Corner says:

    Wow! What a nice Farmers Market. I have never seen anything that nice in our area. We have several roadside stands where we can get some fresh veggies and fruit. Hugs

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  5. We only grow a few things in our small vegetable garden (tomatoes and herbs) but we do like to go to the farmers’ market at least once a week in season.

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  6. bittster says:

    Looks like a great farmers market. I was going to say that I wished there was one around here, but then I realized there is….. I’ve just never visited. You’ve inspired me to give it a go this summer – even if it means braving a trip into the big city!

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