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A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market
The How and Why of Buying from Local Growers
6/16/2013 12:45:33 PM
I shop at our farmers market in the Comox Valley every Saturday, the freshness of the produce can't be beat, I cut back on meat to buy the good stuff bison , beef ,turkey all with out the hormones and drugs, so I've given up quantity for quality and keep the cost reasonable, talk about freshness, yesterday we waited while more strawberries were being picked to make the demand, they were delicious !!!!!
6/13/2012 11:42:28 PM
I agree with the person who posted about the farmers market at Fort Edmonton Park. Before moving to Edmonton, I used to frequent farmers markets regularly. For all the reasons that are listed in this article and because the prices were good. But in Edmonton, the prices are sky high. I have a limited food budget and I cannot afford the extremely high prices at farmers' markets here. Not slightly higher than the supermarket, but easily double or triple on many, many things. I find it odd, especially since fresh produce is actually cheaper in the supermarkets in Edmonton than it is back East. So in summer, i grow what I can, myself and freeze or otherwise preserve it.
We used to go the one that was held at Fort Edmonton Park every fall but then the sellers got greedy and it got more crowded so we stopped. Too bad how "progress" has to ruin things.
6/1/2012 11:36:54 AM
We have what is called a Growers market because there is already a business called the Farmers Market so anyway buying fresh is a good idea IF you can eat the fruit and vege's in a timely fashion.I still have broccoli I bought at the Growers Market three weeks ago,didn't freeze any of it cause I thought I would eat it all very soon,wrong!!!Anyway still shop at the local growers market and love the fresh homegrown things to eat.Can only go aboug once a month because we live so far away but it is worth the trip.WIll freeze what I can after next visit!!
I always enjoy stopping at a farmer's market...I love the feel of fresh, country and home-made. In the heading for this article, though, it reads..."Visiting a farmers market is a lovely weekend outing, but there are many other reasons to bypass the market for your weekly fresh fruits and vegetables." It kind of confused me at first...did you mean "other reasons to 'not' bypass the market" or maybe "other reasons 'to pass by' the market" (as in stop by)? I almost didn't read the article cause I thought for a second there were reasons why I should not stop at a farmer's market...which I love to do. :) As it turned out I also saw...in a glance..."1. Enjoy Better Tasting Food" and realized it was just a grammar thing. I'm looking forward to the local farmer's market starting up this coming week...thanks for the heads up.... Winona
I've been awaiting the opening of our summer farmers market, which comes with the first Sunday of June... only to check their webpage this morning to find out that they've pushed it back to July this year! It's been a rough growing season here in Rhode Island, but I didn't expect it to affect the market that much!
Most markets now accept food stamps, and a lot I've come across offer bonuses [here, I get $2 back for every $5 I spend; the Evanston suburb of Chicago gives you fifty cents for every dollar spent]. It's a great way for us to be able to afford the slightly higher prices of the market so we can continue to eat healthily despite other limitations.
I regularly shop at my local Farmer's Market. I love the produce, its fresher and better tasting than at the supermarket, and I love the ability to get exactly what I want from the local butchers as well - no watery chicken breasts or huge packs of ground beef when all I want or need is half a pound! The cheesemongers let me taste before I buy, and I can easily get a wide variety. There is a lady who sells amazing canned goods and homemade saurkraut that is out of this world, and there are fresh flowers in abundance too. Plus, local buskers playing music, and the Market itself puts on cooking demonstrations and other events on a regular basis. What could be better? I find I only need my local grocery for dried goods, and even that I'm starting to buy more of at the bulk store - they have a much better variety of whole wheat options!
I can't wait to dive into farmers' markets this summer! I have visited them occasionally throughout my life but never as a means of gathering my weekly food. I recently began eating a vegan diet and paying more attention to whether my food is organic and where it is coming from, so I am excited to shop mostly from farmers' markets in a few months.
I just got a huge bag of produce from the farmer's market this morning. I decided to eat a carrot on the way home from the market, and I almost cried it was so good! Produce from a major grocer has nothing on the flavor of something that's been fresh-picked, often the same morning, from a local farmer.
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