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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I love my little home town of Dayton,Tn. I love living out in the country. But I am also envious when I see pictures of people walking down the streets and shopping at the out door markets. We have a few farmers that set up stands at the courthouse and sell produce but it is nothing like I see on tv and in the pictures you all post. I would love to be able to walk the streets and shop for fresh produce. I would love to have more of the popular grocery stores to shop in too. We only have Bi-Lo which should be renamed Buy High! We have a Save a Lot and a UGO, Walmart and Shop Rite and that's it. Not enough competition to help being prices down. It is also hard to find some of the products I would like to try in the new recipes I find. I would also love to have the money to shop for these fresh products. Hopefully once we get our case settled and we get all of our bills paid off I can once again shop for the healthy foods that I love and miss. Anyway my perfect shopping world would be a full size outdoor market here in the country.
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    Maybe moving to Florida or California is in your future? We have produce available all year. Not everything is local all year, but it comes from nearby.

    There were 2 highlights of my trip to California at Christmas time.
    1. Seeing elephant seals giving birth on the beach with a winter storm coming in off the Pacific.
    2. Visiting the farmers markets which WERE selling phenomenal local produce.

    Could you do a container of mixed lettuce which you bring into a sun porch or the house when it is too cold outside? I'd send you some seeds if no one is selling them right now up there.
    2028 days ago
    I would love to live in the country, but then again, at the same time, I like all we have here. We have a huge Farmer's Market every Saturday in my city. It's a commuter parking lot full of trucks that come from all over our state with fresh produce, and it's year round with other things during the non produce season. We also have 7 different grocery stores, including a Wegman's which to me is the best grocery store anywhere. I hope your case gets settled soon so you can enjoy shopping more and be able to get the things you like.
    2030 days ago
    I love being in the country we have about 8 acres. We grow a fair amount of our meat (lamb, turkey and chicken) and buy from my friends granddaughters who have raised steers and pigs to earn money for college. We have not done well as far as veggies. The weeds always take over. We also have chickens for eggs.

    But I also like being near a larger city. We are just 15 minutes away from Madison, WI so have a lot of choices. Our little town doesn't have a grocery store anymore.
    2030 days ago
    Sound like you need to make it happen. Is there a place with a parking lot that is not open on Saturday? Perhaps on the corner of West 2nd and North Railroad? Just get permission for a Farmer's market from the owners at the spot you think would be best, advertise for next summer, perhaps call local farmers this winter and see if they would like to go to the agreed upon spot, Saturday mornings, say from 8 - 11 a.m. and sell from the back of their vehicles. It could evolve into a bigger thing with the EZ up tents, but really doesn't need to.

    If you want, you could charge a fee for a space and donate that money to a helping hand food program.

    2030 days ago
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    Our family put out a garden but it has all been harvested and canned or frozen. I like the idea of shopping for fresh produce year round.
    2030 days ago
    Since you live in the country, could you grow your own? I have fantasized about gardening and growing food to combat high prices, but I don't like being in the dirt dealing with the weeds. We only have Publix, Winn Dixie, Wal-Mart and Harvey's. I usually go to Winn Dixie because I get cents off my gas that way. I also like Publix because the produce is nicer. I like Wal-Mart for sandwich meat (but I have issues with Wal-Mart and try not to go), I go to Harvey's only if I am near it as it's off my path. It's not very nice, but has low prices. I could go to some produce markets, but it's not very convenient.
    2030 days ago
    I hope things get on track for you - at least it is quieter in the country!
    2030 days ago
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