I Eat Plants: Vegan Treats at the Farmer’s Market

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It always seems a little silly to go to Pleasantville on a Saturday- I work there during the week, but there’s no farmer’s market right by where I live on the weekend!  Pleasantville is still close, and it’s a really good farmer’s market- so the Pleasantville Farmer’s Market it is, every couple of Saturday mornings.

It seems like a slam dunk that you’ll find vegan foods at a farmer’s market- plants- fruits and vegetables- are the major players at most farmer’s markets.  But the rest?  There’s meat, dairy, eggs, honey, baked goods and crafts all made with animal products, so not everything is vegan friendly.  There’s definitely things to avoid at the farmer’s market when you live a plant-based lifestyle, but there’s still some awesome choices!

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You’ll always see veggies at the Farmer’s Market, and usually from several different vendors!
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There are actually a few different vendors that sell vegan baked goods- make sure to check out everyone. Spoon Full of Sugar is a gluten-free vendor, but a number of their choices happen to be vegan, too!
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This gluten free vegan apple tart is one of those choices!
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Go-go Pops has a number of different popsicles that are vegan!  Some have dairy, so be careful.

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Made of plants!

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Some things vegans don’t get to have- like gelato.  I’m okay with my choice there- especially when there’s a FABULOUS falafel stand right next door- Aba’s Falafel is awesome, and has become a must have every time I go!

Not every vendor is at the market every week- some of them rotate to other markets on different weeks.  I also missed taking pictures of some of the stands I like.  I stop at virtually everyone who sells fruits and vegetables, though I can’t buy everything that looks good every week.  I can only use so many veggies every week!

Some of my other favorites include Bombay Emerald Chutney Company (sells frozen foods and chutneys), Red Barn Bakery  and Orto Food- who sells delicious raw vegan vegetable chips- vegan sour cream and onion brussels sprout chips?  Yes, please!  I’ve also been wanting to try out Little Croc Bakehouse, though I haven’t been able to catch them yet.

So make sure that when you go to the farmer’s market, you check out al the vegan possibilities!

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I Eat Plants columnist Jodie Deignan went vegetarian in 2004 and fully committed to veganism in 2007. By day she’s a psychiatric nurse practitioner and by night she spends a lot of time cooking delicious vegan food for herself and her friends. She’s a bit of a picky eater, with a special distaste for mushrooms, seaweed, raw tomatoes, and eggplant, though she’s discovered along the way she’s a little more open-minded than she once thought. She blogs at The Picky Vegan.

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