The farmers market is not a modern invention but it may just be the cure for many of our oh-so modern ails.
Do you ever:
- Blanch at buying food that needed a passport to get to you?
- Wonder about the environmental impact of transportation emissions?
- Get frustrated at the impersonal service and lack of general product knowledge at chain and box stores?
- Feel disconnected from your community despite constant digital interactions?
Then you need to head to your nearest farmers market, STAT!
There you will find not only fresh, local, in season food that is good for you and the environment, but you will meet some amazing actual people (not avatars) – from the helpful and informed farmer to your next door neighbor.
But before your grab your basket and head out, check out the yummy American-made market inspired finds below.
Each is a delicious way to bring the healing properties of the farmers market into your every day life.
Okra Art Print ($18) by Pragya Kothari
Made in Woodbridge, New Jersey
9″ w x 8″ h. Gallery quality Giclée print of original hand-drawn illustration. Printed on natural white, matte, ultra smooth 100% cotton rag. Acid and lignin free archival paper. Also available in larger sizes – 16″ x 13″ and 20″ x 17″.
Artist Pragya Kothari began keeping an illustration diary a few years ago and fell in love with illustration. Today the bold, colorful and graphic images Pragya creates chronicle her everyday surroundings, random incidents and far off dreams. Her current collection includes the themes of kitchen, love, people, pet portraits, whimsical birds and the unexpected.
Local Tee ($26) by Flytrap Clothing
Made in Pittsboro, North Carolina
Men’s sizes S-XL. Hand-printed on a super-soft 50/50 t-shirt. Reads “Bona Fide Local.” Available in marine, kelly (shown) and black. Local design also available on women’s t-shirts and baby onesies.
Flytrap Clothing, named for the Carolina swamp loving Venus Flytrap, creates apparel and accessories as uncommonly beautiful as its namesake. Each of the t-shirts, dresses, scarves and onesies the family-run company produces is a winning blend of design, comfort and quality.
Carrot Produce Bag ($9) by Slide Sideways
Made in Tacoma, Washington
10″ w x 12″ h. Hand stitched bag screen printed by hand with environmentally friendly, non-toxic water based inks. Bag features French seams and cotton drawstring. Use to store and keep produce fresh. Machine washable. Also available in apple and asparagus designs.
Slide Sideways is owned by the husband and wife team of Scott and Jacqui Scoggin. Inspired by the natural world, color, bike rides, vintage, and simple everyday life, the couple designs, screen prints, sews and packages each of the Company’s zippered pouches, tote bags, produce bags, tea towels, posters and cards.
Blueberry Napkins ($29/set of 4) by TinaProduce
Made in Oakland, California
Each measures 13″ w x 13″ h. Made of 100% recycled fabric – 55% hemp/45% organic cotton. Original blueberry basket design hand screen printed using high quality water based ink. Packaged in a repurposed compostable produce container. Napkins also available in strawberry and raspberry sets.
Inspired by her time spent working at the local farmers market, TinaProduce owner Kristina Basgen crafts reusable napkins, kitchen towels, totes and tees. Each piece is designed to promote sustainable living and the local foods movement.
Support Onesie ($38) by green 3
Made in North Carolina
Infant size 6-12 months. Made of 100% organic cotton. Printed and dyed using environmentally friendly processes. Reads “Support Your Local Farmer”. Design also available in t-shirts for men and women.
Founded by Sandy Martin, green 3 is a company that designs, sources, produces and markets stylish, high quality sustainable fiber apparel for men, women and infants, as well as accessories and soft home goods.
Vegetable Temporary Tattoo Set ($15/Set of 8) by Tattly
Made in USA
Set includes 1 each: carrot, eggplant, radish, broccoli, chili peppers, green beans, corn, and tomato. Designed by Julia Rothman. Safe & non-toxic. Printed with soy based ink. FDA approved for all ages. Each vegetable tattoo also sold individually.
Tina Roth Eisenberg quickly grew tired of putting badly designed temporary tattoos on her daughter’s arm. To remedy the situation she solicited a dozen renowned artists and designers to make good temporary tattoos for kids of all ages. Today Tattly’s collection includes the designs of over 300 professional artists who get a cut of every sale.
Cauliflower Scarf ($350) by Carson & Co.
Made in USA
38″ w x 38″ h. Made of 100% silk charmeuse. Available in deco rose (shown), cerulean blue and ferret brown.
Carson & Co.’s distinctive silk scarves, clothing, textile, furniture and lighting showcase owner/designer Susan Carson’s love of nature, color and pattern.
From Our Old Friends
FRESH Market Bag ($55) by Neiko Designs
Made in Forest Hills, New York
15″ w x 16.5″ h x 8″ d with a 7.5″ handle drop. Made of 100% cotton canvas. Features 100% Olefin lining, vinyl lettering, white cotton trim, 2 inside pockets and leather handles.
Neiko Designs makes bags for men and women inspired by an appreciation of simplicity and timeless form and function. Each piece in the collection is made to order.
Original fifty post: Math.
Beet Dish Towel ($22) by Patch Design Studio
Made in Chattanooga, Tennessee
15″ w x 22.5″ l. Made of a hemp and organic cotton blend. Hand printed with an original design using water-based inks.
Patch creates unique towels, napkins and onesies in a variety of unique patterns and colors.
Original fifty post: The cocktail cutie.
The Various Varieties of Fruits ($36) by Pop Chart Lab
Made in Brooklyn, New York
39″ w x 27″ h. Printed on 100 lb. archival recycled stock with vegetable-based inks. Signed and numbered by the artists. First edition of 500. Illustrated and charted map of over 300 delicious fruits. Perfect companion to The Various Varieties of Vegetables.
Founded in 2010 by a book editor and a graphic designer, Pop Chart Lab aims to render all of human experience in chart form. The Company assembles, sifts, culls and arranges massive amounts of cultural data into meaningful works of art – on paper, on apparel and on home goods.
Original fifty post: Music.