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The blooming jonquils and forsythia, the singing birds and the warm sunshine are considered by many to be signs of spring. But most Lexingtonians know that the opening of the outdoor Farmers Market marks the official transition of seasons.

The market starts out small with only a few vendors, but as the growing season gets underway, the produce choices expand. And often it's more like a gourmet market instead of a farmers market. The selection can include fresh produce, baked goods, plants, meats and eggs, soap, imported olive oil, dried herbs, honey, cheese and floral bouquets. And often you'll find live music and radio broadcasts.

At the season opener Saturday, Chef Josh Moore of Good Foods Market and Cafe will be preparing a dish from produce available at the market.

Throughout the season, cooks can find awesome ingredients to prepare meals for the family or entertaining. And at its peak in mid summer, the crowd is often so thick on Saturdays it can be difficult to maneuver between the shoppers, the dogs and the baby strollers.

IF YOU GO

The Lexington Farmers Market

When: 7 a.m.- sold out Saturdays; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sundays; 7 a.m. - sold out Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Where: Vine Street between S. Mill and S. Limestone on Saturdays; Southland Drive near Sloan's on Sundays; corner of Broadway and Maxwell on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning May 1.

One the Web: www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com

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