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Bye Farmers Market

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This coming Saturday is the last of the local Farmers Markets in my town. I hate to say goodbye because this Saturday morning ritual is one I really enjoy. Sometimes I go on my own and sometimes my DIL goes with me. We zip through it once to check out what's there and then walk more slowly through it to actually buy stuff.

I like the whole concept. When you hear that the veggies in the store may have been in a truck for a very long time before they are displayed on the shelves (losing a portion of their nutritional value), and you are trying to buy more organic and more local, a farmers market is a great solution. Of course, some are better than others. The one I'm going to has expanded quite a bit in the past years and now has a lot of "stuff" as well as the fruit, veggies, and meat displays. This past year I was disappointed with the flowers. This one stand always has spectacular bouquets but not this year. Just stuff that I probably could put together myself on a good day emoticon !

I also learned about kumbuchu, a fermented tea at the market. This very earnest guy always has two flavors to sample. I tasted it the first time and was very surprised. Great for probiotic and antioxidant needs and I find that sometimes its a great sub for my evening glass of wine. My two favorite flavors have been pear vanilla and blueberry sage (that one REALLY surprised me as I thought it sounded terrible!) emoticon I'll try to figure out where he sells it during the winter because I like what it brings to my diet (and is so much better for me than my guilt pleasure, Coke Zero emoticon ).

So I'm stocking up this Saturday on meats (hotdogs without nitrates, hand made sausages). I hope the "chicken lady" has chickens and eggs - she runs out pretty early and is so much fun to talk to. Her conversation runs pretty much all over the place but always ends up back at chicken. The veggies are mostly harvest season types (carrots, brussel sprouts, cabbage) but I'll get what I need. emoticon And at least one loaf of some of the most fantastic breads I've found.

And that will have to hold me till next June. Bye Farmers Market! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • TANYA602
    I'd be so sad! Ours is tiny but I do appreciate the produce. Hopefully you have a wonderful alternative lined up in the meantime.
    1487 days ago
    We are lucky enough to have real farmers markets - produce brought in from their home gardens. There is so much difference in that and store veggies. Yummy!!!! emoticon
    1488 days ago
  • KLONG8
    It sounds like a lot of you have "fake farmers markets". How depressing. We do see the occasional sticker on the produce that tells you "this is from California" but we also have produce stands that proudly tell you the name of the farmer & where that farm is located. Then WAHOOOOOO! The best farmers market I've ever visited was in Des Moines, Iowa. 5 city blocks worth of fresh produce of every type. A guy to go to for chicken. I guy to go to for beef. Wood carvers, great flowers, interesting offerings of foods showcasing the immigrants who are making Iowa home. I was SO JEALOUS! But we do pretty good here too....
    1488 days ago
    Your market sounds terrific -- too bad they don't continue indoors over the winter with the root veggies and apples and other "storable" products . . .
    1488 days ago
    sure would like to know where your market is, because the ones i find around thornton all carry the same veggies, up to and including the same wrappings, as the local grocery stores. and nobody sells eggs. i do better going to sprouts.
    1488 days ago
    I'm glad my local farmer's market is closing the end of this month!! They don't sell anything that's grown locally, it all comes from SC, GA, FL or Mexico. Oh sure they claim it's grown locally but it's not. If it were grown locally they would've closed months ago.
    1488 days ago
    Aren't those markets the best? I have a small one near me but I'd love to have a nice big one nearby like you have. It's so nice to try different items and even better, you know where they came from. I'm sure that next June can't come fast enough!!!

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    1488 days ago
    Our Farmer's Market is open until the end of this month. They are very expensive and charge $3 a pound for cauliflower and other veggies. We get a $40 voucher every year and I go spend that because it doesn't cost me anything out of pocket. I don't know why their prices are so high. One guy was selling Turkey sandwiches and charging $10 each. Out of my price range.
    1489 days ago
    Loved your description of the farmer's market, it sounds lovely. Wish we had one closer to me. I'd really enjoy having such a Saturday morning ritual.
    1489 days ago
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