yeah I thnk it's horrible they won't pay for organic since it's a finite amount of money any way...so if I choose to get less organic, that should be my choice. But, in reality, it was cheaper at the farmers market then the regular store for me.use. I know that for instance beets are like 3 dollars a lb and I got like 3 lbs for only 1.50 total. And such as that.
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.
Yes exactly Ann, and the bugs ate a lot of mine that was the most discouraging part of it all. And I watered and watered and watered and still the triple digit heat just scorched every thing I had! I liked being out there, but at near 130 degrees heat it was hot, and then the big old bugs eating every thing. UHG!
Heather my DIL in N.C. has a very large garden and spends lots of time out there. When DS was here he said it would be cheaper for them to take the money he spends on the garden and just buy the fruit and vegetables at a farmers market or the grocery store. They have a problem with wild critters and he has put up an electric fence and what ever works to keep the critters out of the garden. The last rain storm (they live close to Ashville in the west) knocked all ther corn to the ground. I do envy them their yellow wax beans that are to expensive to buy here if you can even find them.
Well, I thought the prices on Saturday were extremely good. I mean I tried to grow food last year and completely flopped, and I spent a lot of money on the garden-hundreds, maybe evn 2 thousand, every week I was spending a lot! And all I got was a few beets. lol Not even one tomorrow ripened!
I got all kinds of good deals on saturday though, the original prices weren't bad, but because it was closing time I probably was given two or three times the food I paid for. IE I asked for and paid for a doz corn on cob, but they gave me a bakers doz, I asked for and paid for one pound of beets (1.50), but they gave me all they had left-they didn't weigh them, but I think it was about 3 lbs! Peaches that were so sweet and soft, only 2.50 a lb again they threw in extra.
And ours takes food stamps. Food stamps are always supposed to buy from them, but only some stands have the means to do that. I go to a few of them, the one I went to on sat is at the county ext office so they had the means to take food stamps. I thought if I had food stamps I would for sure use them there, especially for the fresh meats! I wish though they took wic, cause we do get wic, and I get about 20 dollars a month in fruits/vegs and would love to get them at the farmers market, but it says right on the check wic won't pay for organic ones! UHG!
I love Farmer's Markets. I wish they were still giving out the vouchers for purchases there. I want to buy fresh, organic produce and the best place to get that is at farmer's markets. My problem is that food purchased there is usually considerably more expensive and They don't usually take food stamps.
Something needs to change so that healthy produce is more accessible for persons with low incomes. The farmers who bring their produce to the markets deserve to be paid for their labor and investment in time and energy. Their land wasn't free, The seeds weren't free and their time and effort shouldn't be free. Fair compensation is reasonable and necessary, so that they can continue to raise the food we eat.
Thank you again for giving me a place to speak out for what I feel is right.
We had a busy busy weekend. Saturday we got up early and went to the Farmers market. Had lunch. Cleaned house for a party for my sister. Had party for my sister, hay rack rides etc. Took my kids to the park. And looked at travel trailers. Sunday we went to church, bk for lunch to get the cheap chicken sandwich. lol And then came home changed clothes and went looking at campers again. Ended up buying a used pop up from craig's list. I plan on glamping it up! lol :o)
For lunch we had chicken salad sandwiches, made with red and green bell peppers, onion, celery and sweet pickles. All these ingredients were diced fine. The chicken was added and just enough mayonnaise to hold the mix together, and some lavender Herbs de Provence, (ordered from Purple Haze in Sequim WA). We put this on Dave's Killer Bread, (I think that is the one. It has 21 whole grains). On the side we had sliced apple. That was a very good lunch.
I like to eat more lightly at this time of the year. Salads are my primary fare during the summer. I have to watch it though because I am likely not to get enough protein. Chicken or Alb salad are favorites
Good Morning. It's a nice day here too. Just the right temperature.
The majority of my red spots are gone. I'm sure it was hives. Still have a few but hope they are gone tomorrow morning. I remember DD woke up at night years ago and her feet were swollen and covered with hives and by morning you would think you had a bed dream seeing them. I know stress can cause them and I really don't feel stressed.
I finished my book last night, Now I'll have to get back to my knitting. I do have some magazines that need gone through.
What to have for supper tonight. I'm just not in the mood to eat out. I've been wearing baggy clothes so not to aggravate the itching.
Peaceful Sunday. It is comfortably cool here this morning. There is a very soft rain falling. The evergreen trees are holding lots of water and they drip with a plunk periodically. There is a rooster somewhere in the neighborhood that is crowing his heart out. There are on other sound this morning.
The campers across the street are still sleeping. They partied until late last night. When they waken there will be the scents of breakfast wafting in through my open window. Bacon is generally the breakfast of choice for the campers. That scent permeates everything for a while.
This year with all the rain, everything is lush. The new growth on the evergreens is much greater than I've seen before. Usually by this time in the summer that new growth has darkened and can't be identified from a distance. This year the color jumps out at us.
My container garden is really growing rapidly. It has been three weeks since the first container was started. The peas are phenomenal. I am going to have to get a support for them by next weekend. This container gardening is much more fun than I'd dreamed. No weeding just watching. I want to continue the practice next year.
My heart goes out to all those people who live east of the Rockies. The devastation caused by fire and storms is unthinkable. I am hoping that none of our correspondents are harmed in any way. I am so very grateful for where I live. I know there are hazards here, but there is nothing that compares to the conditions east of us. We are all saying prayers for relief for those who are suffering in the heat and humidity, for those whose homes have been burned or are in the path of terrible fires.
I'm counting my blessings. I'll see you all tomorrow.
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