How to spend a Saturday morning on a winter's day: farmers market?
Depends on where you live, but winter farmers markets are a nice way to spend some late morning/early afternoon time.
The weekend before this past one, took a road trip to Milwaukee. The city has a permanent indoor year-round market. It also had an additional market within the regular market on the second floor. The weather that day in the brew city was frightful, but inside, there was fresh food. Inside, shopping was warm.
The only purchase we actually made were Door County cherry scones that were very tasty.
This past weekend, I attended two farmers markets. One was the standard bearer: a twice weekly market during the summer, the market makes occasional appearances. The market was packed, full of great food items from apples, cheese, mushrooms, baked goods, meat, pasta, and a whole lot more. The place was crowded, lots of young and old people, families, too. There was a cooking demonstration.
The other market was a bit unconventional. A music club/bar is experimenting with a monthly farmers market. There are fewer vendors in this place, though the setting and decor couldn't be beat. You can pick up yarn, salsa, baked goods, eggs, meat, wheatberry salad, spice mixes, and a lot more. The crowd mix was perhaps more younger hip people, but definitely an eager crowd.
Locally grown and made, the union of consumers and producers is a beautiful experience for those involved and for the food supply. And in the wintertime, looking around is a lot of fun, too.
Eating well in the summertime is a delight and rather easy. But eating well is vital to do year round, all 12 months. The more access consumers have to fresh, local food, especially in the winter months, the easier it is for them to eat well.
Sites that don't get much traffic during the day, such as music establishments, can benefit from a winter farmers market. The traditional market takes place in a nature museum, invariably drawing traffic and increasing awareness and good will along the way.
People generally gain weight during winter time because it's cold, "fun" food is harder to find, and they exercise less. Getting out to get fun, local, fresh food solves multiple problems to make it easier to achieve whatever you want when it comes to food management.