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Farmers Market Food Finds

Local Produce is Healthier for You and the Planet!


    Farmer's markets in Canada do not provide a better, fresher or safer product, although that is a common misconception which causes many to waste money. The farmers I know pick on the same day for local grocery delivery, shipping delivery and farmers market. Therefore, the produce can actually be fresher at the grocery store because they have better storage than the average farm. Sorry to burst anyone's bubble! - 3/10/2010 4:26:01 AM
    My farmer's market is also more expensive. But I buy 2-3 things there each week anyway during the summer/fall season. The rest of the produce I buy at Whole Foods, or in case I can't go (it is kind of far away), I choose whatever is available in organic or "clean" conventional products at the local grocery store.

    The color chart is great, thanks for the article! - 10/27/2009 2:16:28 PM
    As much as I'm all for supporting local farmers, our market is on average $1-3 MORE expensive than our grocery stores. Sorry, but when I can get decent tomatoes for $0.99/lb at the store, why would I want to spend $3/lb on farmer's market produce? - 9/12/2009 8:43:10 PM
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    what is broccoli romanescu? would my fussy 13yo eat it? How do u make it? - 8/3/2009 5:11:05 PM
  • Romanesco broccoli has got to be the coolest looking vegetable ever! - 8/3/2009 10:48:58 AM
  • Yesterday at our local farmers' market, I found broccoli romanesco, which is never available in the store and it was FABULOUS! - 8/3/2009 8:58:50 AM
  • I love farmers markets,.I also go to Organic stores,when the weather is cold and no farmers market.Every thing taste much better. - 3/13/2009 1:15:35 AM
  • I shop at Farmer's Markets frequently, but generally the produce is NOT organic and is MUCH higher in cost than local stores, even ones carrying produce from the same exact farm that is local. That bothers me. Maybe it's cheaper buying it from local farms in some places, but it's usually close to double the cost here. - 2/3/2009 10:18:12 PM
    You are right the farmers markets have the best selection of produce. I use them during the summer in our area. During the winter we try to get the best produce from the store that is available, but they can be very pricey at times. I love the color chart it is very helpful. - 1/30/2009 9:26:23 AM
    i usually buy all my veges at a local farm, by end of sumer i usually go to the farmers market and the local farm. you get the best selections - 9/1/2008 10:47:15 AM
  • I shop the farmer's market to supplement what I don't grow in my own garden. I can't garden as much as I'd like due to my arthritis and the time it consumes. But I love all veggies! Farmer's markets are so much better (and more economical) than the supermarkets. - 8/22/2008 1:24:27 PM
  • I shop t a the farmers market at the Barnyard and then fill the rest of my needs at Trader Joes.
    Thanks for the article - 8/2/2008 7:54:52 AM
  • I love the farmers market! I also joined a local farm and my first pick-up is tonight. I can't wait to see what is available. YUMMY!!!! - 5/12/2008 10:15:00 AM
  • My only qualm is that most always the produce is ripe and ready to use within a day or two, so you can't pick up produce on the weekend and keep it til Thursday... now I live close to a Farmers' Market that is open daily (instead of wkends only) and a small mom n pop produce stand - 5/5/2008 7:20:11 PM
  • Great article! Here in Florida the season start very early in the year. strawberries are harvested from about February on. I get the feeling that there may be less available in summer, but I need to check this out. - 5/5/2008 2:19:37 PM

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