Do the CSA also, great for trying new things, still grow more veggies in own garden. really blessed live just a couple miles from orchard, 2 pick -your- own farms, several farm stands, and 3 farmers markets - we eat fresh and good!
I would love to have a farmers market close to me but we don't. I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere and our only grocery store is Walmart which is still 25 miles away. Maybe someday I will have the option to buy fresh!
I love my CSA!!! It's great having these veggies I would never think to buy in the supermarket dropped on me. I see it as a challenge and have discovered some incredibly tasty veggies, all while supporting a local farm. The only thing that could be better is if they had milk and eggs available, but I've been to the Clover Stornetta farm and seen how well the animals are kept, so I'm happy to support them too.
Ever since I was a young girl I've been surrounded with agricultural landscape and wonderful climate living here in California. Enjoying a shopping trip through a local farmer's market has become a necessary part of my life. It is also a nice way to keep up with your old neighbors and possibly getting to know new one's as well. I look forward to our farmer's market especially in these difficult economic times because not only am I doing something good and healthy for me and my family, I am also saving us money while at the same time I am doing something good for the local farmer's .
Like MAHLIGIRL, I belong to a local organic CSA, because that's the only affordable way to buy organic that I've found. DH and I are putting some of our back yard into garden this year, so we'll be able to expand the organic produce we eat.
For those of you who don't already know this, LOADS of Spring produce is heavily saturated with pesticides, so be very careful what you buy and eat, and especially what you feed to young children.
Check our the relative pesticide loads on non-organic Spring produce here:
Not only do I shop at Farmers' Markets, but I will be a vendor in 4 of them this year. DH grows garlic which we sell by the bulb, and we also dehydrate and sell it as minced garlic and garlic powder. I have developed a line of homemade all-natural dip mixes that I developed - no chemicals, additives or MSG! They are great as a dip with all the fresh veggies the markets are offering.
I am so into the Buying Local/Eating Local concept, I am joining several local organizations that promote local eating. On Facebook, I have joined the Eating Local Callenge Group. Plus I have started a Facebook Group for the Tri-State area here in the midwest. - if you are from around here, come check us out at http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=82 70&uid=55997399903#/group.php?gid=5599 7399903 and show your support for Farmers' Markets and Eating Local!
Check out my recipe for stuffed Artichokes. It is a great spring meal that's flavorful and only 344 calories. http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta il.asp?recipe=543212
3/20/2009 9:34:32 AM
My family belongs to a local CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) farm. For a membership fee, and then a "share" fee that you pay up front, you get 20 weeks of veggies. We all share in the risk of the season, the weather and other variables. I did this for the first time last year, and had more than enough veggies for part of the spring and fall, and all summer long! They also have egg, milk, berry and fruit shares. Last year we did the fruit share, and I think I'm going to spring for the berry share this year. Talk about fresh!
The best thing I've found is fresh fruit frozen for later use in my morning yogurt. I take advantage of whatever is in season, and freeze most of it as I can't eat it quickly enough. This also enables me to try fruits I may not like, because I like almost anything as long as it is in combination with other fruits. Just defrost slightly and blend with plain low or no fat yougurt and away you go YUM and with no added sugar :)
3/26/2008 9:33:38 AM
Buying fresh fruits and vegetables from our local market saves me $10-$20 each week. I find better deals and better tasting produce which lasts longer in the refrigerator.
3/23/2008 7:20:39 PM
The best way for me to find out what's in season is to go by what's on sale. If you watch the prices of certain items over the course of a year, you will notice that strawberries are at their cheapest right now and so is asparagus but during the summer months they are a lot pricier and not as readily available.
Also can be less costly - a big deal with current prices in the supermarket!
3/19/2008 1:50:54 PM
I LOVE the farmers' market. have one at 5 min from home:) have been shopping there for the past 6 yrs and totally enjoy it. i also grow some veggies in my own garden. right now radishes, scallions and Romaine lettuce are in season:) YUM YUM
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