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Farm Fresh by Denise Stano

It’s that time of year again…school is back in session, the cicadas are singing loudly, morning and evening temps are cool enough to forego the ac, and it is peak season at our farmer’s markets. The bins are overflowing with sweet corn, tomatoes, peaches, peppers, etc. Who can resist a bouquet or two of zinnias, dahlias or gladiolas?

Anyone who has travelled north along the western shore of Michigan knows that much of the produce at our local markets comes from Michigan farms. Beginning with the springtime asparagus to the many varieties of apples in the fall, these farmers also sell their products at their own roadside stands, many still using the honor system. I have a real weakness for these stands and can eat myself silly with the abundant seasonal fruit and goodies I find there. This year’s vacation Up North was no exception.

While you still can, do yourself a favor and make the choice to support our local farmer’s markets. Buy what’s fresh, Google a recipe or check the recipes on the Marcel’s website, and enjoy the flavors of the season.

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