I agree that the prices are reasonable, but they are higher than the supermarket. It is ridiculous for food stamps to exclude organic foods. Are they intentionally subsidizing corporate farms?
My ex used to grow a huge garden every year. Generally everything we ate was raised on our land, with the exclusion of wheat products. We raised our own chickens and pork. A local farmer raised our beef because he had enough land. I also had ducks and geese and he had rabbits.
I can't say I miss preserving all the produce we had. I often was canning all night when it was too hot to can during the day. I was canning pears the nights before both of my daughters were born. We butchered our own pork and poultry. We had a professional hang, cut and wrap our beef. It was with great pleasure we hosted family holiday celebrations and provided all the food we had raised.
Now, I couldn't possible grow enough to feed my roommate and me. I have my container gardens planted with salad ingredients, primarily because it is so far to go to get fresh salad makings. I decided to have them close at hand. I have been sprinkling them with cinnamon, but still there is some creature eating a lot of the sprouts. I think I need to buy a can or two of beer and set them out in pans for the slugs.
Farmer's markets fill in the gaps for me. I really appreciate the vegetables and cheeses I can buy there. I could also buy plants and many other things, I just choose not to waste my money.
I am most interested in the produce. I am often surprised at the variety I find. I never knew there were purple tomatoes. I will try anything once just to see if it is good. If I like it you can bet that I'll try it again.
I learned a couple days ago that heirloom tomatoes have green shoulders and the more modern tomatoes don't. Those green shoulders indicate more flavor. I never had any idea. I do know that my son bought some heirloom mini tomatoes for me the last time we went shopping. He also bought some modern cherry tomatoes. The modern tomatoes looked good, but their flavor didn't even come close to that of the heirloom tomatoes. Next year I would like to start my tomato plants from heirloom seeds.
I'll continue to shop at the Farmer's markets. The prices may be slightly higher, but the produce is worth the extra money. I want to see those who raise my food are properly compensated so I don't mind the extra cost when I can afford it.
See you later,
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