Are You Shopping the Farmer’s Market?

Posted on August 4, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Philosophy | Tags: , , , , , |

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These are my potato and onion growers.  Not organic, but when I asked about chemical use I got a complete explanation of how this year’s weather conditions were so perfect for potatoes there was no need for chemicals.  I like knowing these people are on top of my potatoes.  I got fingerlings, red, and blue potatoes virtually organically grown for a song compared to the store.  They were grown right here nearby and I got to meet these very cool farmers!  They were so pleased with me they threw in an enormous onion just for fun!

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This is the guy who usually grows my lettuce, but today he was out by the time I got there.  He wanted to display his gorgeous fennel instead.  This stand is all organic all the time so I don’t need to ask questions.  He said, “I know you.”  I said, “Yep, I’m a regular and I’m the one who always orders 50# of beets every fall.”  Again, it’s nice to know the people who grow your food and to be known by them.

Food - Farmers Market 4So, are you shopping at your local farmer’s market?  If not, why not?  You cannot get this kind of produce in the store for as little money and as much flavor.  This stuff has not traveled thousands of miles, using up petro- chemicals and supporting big agriculture.  No, these are the small producers who provide the tastiest, healthiest stuff!  Get your buns out of bed on Saturday morning and get to the market! Food - Farmers Market 2

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