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.
1/30/2009 9:26:23 AM
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.
9/1/2008 10:47:15 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
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.
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
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.
I love going to the farmers markets in my area and I can hardly wait for the season to start again. I am an early riser anyway and it is so enjoyable to get up early on a Saturday morning and go shopping. This article has inspired me to include my granddaughters in some of those early morning trips. It will be so much fun watching them pick and choose healthy foods. I've made a resoluton that this year, I will park about a mile from the market so I can get a couple of extra miles of walking in for those days. That way, each trip to farmers market will be even more beneficial to my health!
ty for another great article. I love fresh produce and especially your reminder why to use your local farmer's market. The nutrional information was especially valuable, associated with the colors make it easier for me to remember!! nancylee46
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