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Free Time Fridays: Farmer’s Markets & U-Pick Produce

Molly Maid knows your time is valuable, which is why we created the “What’s Your Time Worth” Calculator to show you about how much time you’re giving up to clean your home. In our new weekly blog series – Free Time Fridays, we want to explore the novelty of free time. Instead of spending your much anticipated weekend chained to your home, take the opportunity to enjoy the things you love most. Each Friday we will feature a new bundle of activities to enjoy while Molly Maid does your dirty work…literally.

The stores are starting to hawk their back-to-school items and many of us are more than ready for the kids to go back to school.  But if you haven’t already, there is still time to take a trip to your local farmers market or u-pick orchard or farm.  There is nothing better than savoring the tastes of summer by enjoying locally grown produce.

Visit a local farmers market:  Farmer’s markets offer a wide variety of homegrown foods and handmade goods.  At these markets, a group of farmers sell their products once or twice a week often at a park or parking lot in your community. Many farmers markets are adding in community programs and/or live entertainment.   Shopping at a farmers’ market is also a great way to meet some of your local farmers.  How do you find your local farmer’s market?  Call your chamber of commerce or downtown development authority if you have them.  Another great way to learn more about farmer’s markets is to visit

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Go to the farm and pick it yourself:  This is a fun activity to do on a nice summer day.  Kids enjoy learning where the food they love actually comes from and sometimes have been know to try a new food just because they harvested it themselves!  The prices are usually cheaper when you pick the produce yourself and it is so much fresher too!  Whether you only want enough for that night’s meal or you have decided to take up canning or freezing, you choose how much you want to bring home.  A great resource to find u-pick farms is  This website provides local listings of pick your own (also called U-pick or PYO) farms not only in the United States, but also Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries.  The website also includes a crop calendar to let you know when various products are ready for picking in your area.

What to do with your harvest:  Enjoy!  Try a new recipe!  Whip up a batch of muffins or jam!  Or freeze it up and savor it later when the cold winds of winter have almost made you forget what summer felt like.