As a lifelong fruit lover, I have always wanted access to fresh fruits at a good price. My childhood is filled with memories of trips to Coimbatore Pazhamudir Nilayam in VOC Park. After moving to the US, it has been difficult locating meaningful fruit shops that offer fresh, local and affordable fruits on a year long basis. Not anymore.
I used to frequent the markets in PA, but they were far and few. They were also much more seasonal due to the harsh winters.
Living in sunny California (relatively speaking) means access to the weekend farmers markets all over the Bay Area. Cupertino on Fridays, Sunnyvale on Saturdays, Fremont or Mountain View on Sundays- the options are endless and the produce is fantastic. Plums, peaches and nectarines in Fall, oranges, strawberries, apples, cherries and tangerines in Spring, grapes, mangoes and melons in summer- it is just paradise. And the quality of the often times organic and local produce is spectacular. And when one gets to cut the vegetables, the difference is just palpable. The carrots are so tasty. The tomatoes from Mtn View are just outstanding. And don’t get me started on the awesome strawberries and oranges this season.
The joy of buying the fruits is elevated by the experience that is the weekend trip to Farmer’s Markets. The little guy is excited about the trains that constantly whizz past the markets. The sampling of fruits makes it a great experience for mom, dad and child. And mom, who has until recently preferred her veggies over fruits has started consuming lot more fruit thanks to the market’s enchanting tableau.
If you are anywhere around in the Bay Area or in other warmer parts of the country, I strongly urge you to look up your local farmers markets. Its a win-win all the way.