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Treasure Coast Essay

Our own farmers markets

Our routine on a Saturday morning is to go to the farmers market in Vero Beach on Ocean Drive across from Humiston Park.  My wife Gail and I enjoy the experience.  Apparently, a lot of other people across the U.S. like it, too.  Nationally, the number of farmers markets has grown from 44-hundred to 72-hundred in the past five years.   Gail buys fresh fruits and vegetables – such as tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and oranges.  Also fish and shrimp.  I buy the fun stuff.  Spicy pickles, olive salad and hot Italian sausage – which, unlike most of what’s for sale, is from Chicago.  Oh, well, it’s still good.  The Oceanside Farmers Market in Vero Beach is open on Saturday mornings.  It is one of four farmers markets in public spaces on the Treasure Coast.  The Downtown Vero Beach Market is open on Friday afternoons.   The Fort Pierce Downtown Farmers Market is the biggest and oldest.  It is open on Saturday mornings.  The Stuart Green Market in the City Hall parking lot is open on Sunday mornings.  A fifth farmers market is expected to open in Port St. Lucie in September.  I want to visit all of them, and some future week I will.