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If you are like me, you are probably pretty budget conscious when you travel. When we travel as a family, every cost is multiplied by 6. We’ve learned to be a little savvy when we travel, and look for free events and inexpensive food. One of our favorite places to visit is the local farmers’ market. Last month, when we were visiting family in Salem, Oregon we stopped by the Salem Farmers’ Market.
That day the Salem Oregon weather was phenomenal. Most of the year it is! Salem is located in Marion County, and the weather in the Willamette Valley allows for the gorgeous flowers and amazing fruits and vegetables to thrive! We attended the Saturday Market, but the Famers Market in Salem is also offered on Wednesdays in a different location. You can find their hours, months of operation and dates on their website. We were able to pick up food (although restaurants in Salem Oregon are plentiful!), flowers and even a rock for my little gem loving son! You can even find compost worms at the market!
We like visiting farmers' markets because we can usually find food for all our picky palates. The produce is locally grown and you can try many varieties that you may not find elsewhere. You learn a lot about the local area from the artisans and stand owners (ask them what restaurants and touristy things you should do!). You can usually pick up a memento fairly inexpensively. If you are traveling to the Salem, OR area you won’t want to miss out. Here are some shots of our lovely day downtown!
The market is good size, with several rows taking up a whole city block.
The market is well organized and lots of people take them up on the “pet friendly” policy!
I think my boys liked seeing the dogs more than the veggies, but who can blame them? Cute!!!
The amount of fresh produce was overwhelming.
The colors and quality were superb!
Bins and bins of all the veggies and fruits you could imagine.
I miss living in the Willamette Valley for the berries alone! Marionberries are a local variety that you don’t want to miss out on!
There were several areas where live music was featured.
My son loved running into this guy! He was there to garner support for a local theater running a live version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
The flowers are picked fresh from the fields. They are as fresh as fresh can be, and the bouquets are surprisingly affordable.
This was at a paella booth! My husband was looking forward to filling his belly with this mixture of chorizo, chicken, olives and lots of spices and veggies! My boys also got their fill of fresh strawberry lemonade!
Have you ever gone to a Farmers Market while traveling? What about a flea market? I’d love to hear some of the out of box adventures you’ve had!
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