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Fabulous Yellow Tomatoes at the Farmers Market

We have an amazing farmers market in Webb City. It’s open from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays, and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

While I love the market, the hours of operation make it tough for me to visit. Saturdays are busy for me, but I still try to go when I can. The thing I hate about that is it’s always extremely crowded on Saturdays, and I despise crowds. Thursdays are out of the question due to my work schedule, but I’ve recently discovered the joy of visiting on Tuesdays. There aren’t as many vendors, but the crowd is much smaller, which makes me happy.

I visited the Webb City Farmers Market last Tuesday on a quest for yellow tomatoes. The market boasts many wonderful things such as local honey, fresh bread, homemade preserves, handmade jewelry, farm-fresh eggs, locally raised meat, lots of produce, and many more wonderful things. I’ve even found homemade vanilla extract there.

I parked in the far parking lot, because all of the spaces on the pavement were full, and strolled up to the market. I could hear the live band as soon as I opened my car door. I entered through the back entrance by the handmade soaps, candles, and essential oils stand. There were several people listening to the band and a few shopping with the vendors. The breeze wafting through the space carried the scent of homemade candles and soaps on one end and fresh egg rolls on the other. It was pleasant enough to make me smile.

I strolled through the market until I found a vendor selling yellow tomatoes. There were only two crates left, and I made haste buying one. Happy with my purchase, I followed my nose to the booth selling fresh egg rolls and crab rangoon. I bought some egg rolls, checked out the rest of the booths, and made my way out to the lot.

I brought my treasures home and ate an amazing salad made with farm fresh produce and my egg rolls for dinner. Food tastes so much better when it’s fresh. The yellow tomatoes, which are difficult to find in this area, were perfectly ripe and delicious. The egg rolls were hot, flavorful, and crisp.

I believe in shopping local whenever possible. Not only are the products usually superior, I feel good about supporting my friends and neighbors. Since I don’t have time to grow my own garden this year, I will be shopping at the farmers market a lot in the next few months.

If there’s a farmer market or fresh market near you, I highly recommend you check it out. You may find something there that brings you back week after week.

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