All over the place farmers markets have been popping up faster than Starbucks (well, almost). Whether you live in the heart of an urban community like New York City or way out in the country, surrounded by farmland, there's most likely a farmers market within shopping distance. You'll get to experience shopping the way it used to be-person to person, asking questions about the items on display and making genial conversation (instead of watching an uninterested teenager in a vest stack a pyramid of pesticide-coated apples). Everything you buy will be at the peak of freshness too. Just think about a banana shipped from South America. How long has it been since that piece of fruit was actually plucked from the tree?