Our town just started a farmers market on Wednesday afternoons until dusk this year. This makes it more convenient for me to hit after work. I love the fact that we do have local farmers that provide good produce. And ones that I've spoken to asking about organic and non GMO are onboard with those concepts. I was so pleased to see a local farmer there offering grass-fed beef and free range eggs. I found the prices less or comparable to those in the grocery store. The flavors can't be beat! And it's great when the farmer says "Thanks for your purchase. Here's a couple of cucumbers at no charge."
I like going to Farmers' Markets, but only go once in a while since I don't have the money to buy stuff. I have gotten a few tomatoes there this year. Unfortunately, after the first one the tomatoes have been overripe (I had to throw one out) or not ripe enough, though they looked like they were. They are also $4-6/lb when they are less than $2/lb in the stores now. Peaches are starting to come in and they are over $2/lb with those in the stores at $1.75. Of course, I did find a ripe peach the other day, which I cannot find in the stores.
Our local farmers market does have a lot that is locally grown but it's all the same thing week to week to often they have the produce divided into such large quantities (3lb cucumbers?)it's not worth it for me. And it's usually double the cost of the grocery store. We recently vaca'ed in Florida and visited a farmers market there, it was heaven! Some items obviously weren't local but were cheaper than store, w many local venders having diff items and samples. I am so jealous of those of you who are close to good ones like this.
I wish the farmer's markets here had local produce but the truth of the matter is they do NOT!! They actually get their produce from the same places that the grocery stores and wal-mart do and they only get to pick from what's left after the grocery stores and walmart get their supplies. Usually the odd shaped/misshaped fruit and veggies on the verge of going rotten.
The produce and other items featured at our local markets are more expensive than grocery stores. Most of the time it's definitely worth it. I would definitely do all my shopping at local markets if I could.
The farmer's markets in my area also do not necessarily sell locally grown produce. I live on a budget and the prices at the farmer's markets are quite a bit more expensive. I know there is a big push for the markets, but for me they don't make sense.
The farmer's markets around here do NOT sell fruit and veggies that are grown locally. I actually live within 1/10th of a mile of 2 farmer's markets. Let's put it this way....they are open now and selling fruits and veggies...uh...it's May in VA and the only thing actually producing right now is strawberries. Meanwhile these farmers markets have cantaloupes, watermelons, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, etc.
I really appreciate this article, its very important to buys as much made in America and organic foods as possible to support our economy and good farming habits. I found a great article here about a Local organic farm and which farmers markets they attend in Los angeles, and great recipes. http://www.chefmorgan.com/deep-roots-signi ficant-growth-and-organically-so-mcgra th-family-farms-and-three-fresh-salads -for-spring
Recently a network news show did an expose on farmers markets here in Florida. Apparently not all produce is local--large venders can "work" these farmers markets similarly to how venders work the craft shows. The suggestion was to check out and ask where the produce comes from--get to actually know about your local farmers market and the individual venders--or you might end up buying the same imported foodstuffs found at a cheaper price in the major grocery store chains.
7/27/2012 3:41:25 PM
I love fresh veggies, I am helping my mom in the greenhouse with organic garden!!!
I love our farmer's market; we go every Saturday morning during the summer and fall. I stick with the produce (and other products) that are grown and made locally. Some vendors supplement their produce with produce from wholesalers. I'd rather not purchase that stuff, but I'm glad it's there for folks who live downtown for whom it's hard to get to a grocery store.
PS - one of my favorite games is find a new veggie. Last year, my new veggie was crowder peas. This year, kohlrabi.
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