A Healthy and Fun Way to Spend Your Saturday!

19 Apr
Out of fun ideas to do on your weekend off? How about switching up your boring grocery shopping routine and making a fun afternoon out of it! Next time you are about to visit one of your local grocery stores, post pone that trip until every Saturday during the year to visit our Bakersfield Farmer’s Market! A Farmer’s Market is usually held outdoors, in public spaces, where farmers can sell produce directly to the public. This market is geared towards making a fun place for family members and friends to spend a relaxing afternoon getting healthy, fresh goods in the beautiful sunshine. Bakersfield’s Brimhall Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday on 9500 Brimhall Road starting at 9 a.m. and it doesn’t finish until 1 p.m.

This is a photo of the Bakersfield Farmer's Market open to public every Saturday afternoon. The Market is located on the corner of Brimhall and Calloway. (Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/brimhallmarket)

This is a photo of the Bakersfield Farmer’s Market open to public every Saturday afternoon. The Market is located on the corner of Brimhall and Calloway. (Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/brimhallmarket)

In Kern County our number of Farmer’s Markets has tripled since 2003 to last year’s count of 18. Nationwide there has been a steady upward climb to 7,175,  to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kern County’s Farmer’s Market is thriving, floundering and has been providing service to the public for 30 years now, and they are open to the public year round. The goods these market’s offer include a variety of items: fresh, honey, fish, poultry, okra, plums, tomatoes, black berries, cherries, blueberries, melons, peaches, cheeses, juices, jams, freshly made artisan bread, healthy snacks, and holistic dog treats. It is such a great atmosphere to come out even just to walk around and enjoy the afternoon. I personally love watching customers swapping recipes for their peach salsa or their grandma’s secret, fresh apple pie. The time slot on Saturday mornings is considered a prime slot for publicity and visibility to the public. Farmer’s are usually willing to make deals for buying in bulk and will heavily discount as the end of the market approaches. That is something you can’t do at your local grocery store and that helps keep the steady line of customers coming back every Saturday. “Government programs also encourage farmers’ market attendance among low-income residents. Each year, the USDA provides WIC with a limited number of checks that can be used like cash at markets with approved vendors.” (Kelli Schmitt, Bakersfield Californian) This helps ensure that the Farmer’s Market is readily available to anyone who is willing to spice up their grocery shopping and come out on a sunny afternoon on their weekend off to enjoy some authentic, locally grown veggies, produce, and more!

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