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Farm Fresh Produce

July 7th, 2011 at 03:49 pm

Yesterday we drove to a town about an hour away to nose around at the shops. On the return trip home, we stopped at a produce stand and bought a melon, green beans, and sweet corn.

It is so exciting to see locally grown produce for sale. Our city has a couple farmer's markets and we often go to them. One, unfortunately has a stand where I think the person isn't really selling locally grown items...I noticed he had the same type of boxes that the grocery stores have to unload the stuff and it seemed to be packed the same way. After seeing this, I decided I would avoid this stand. I think that is misleading.

I like buying locally. I think it is important to support those who live near us. Plus, the food is fresh...not having been shipped for days!

We enjoyed the green beans last night at supper. I snapped them, cooked them with chicken broth and bacon...yum! I look forward to cutting into the melon and having some of that sweet corn too! Ah, the joys of summer cooking!

7 Responses to “Farm Fresh Produce”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Yep, our downtown farmer's market used to be mostly those supermarket rejects. You'd get them home and they'd go bad within a day or two. Now those stands are less the norm; there are tons of smaller stands with seasonal produce grown in this region.

    Now that I belong to a CSA, I know roughly what's in season, so that helps me identify the local booths. Sometimes I'll pick up a few items if I know my farm isn't delivering those particular fruits or veggies that week. I love eating locally and seasonally (though I'm grateful for shipped-in produce during those long Minnesota winters!).

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Not to appear dumb, but was does CSA stand for?

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Oh, sorry. "Community-supported agriculture." Basically we pay a nearby farm a few hundred bucks upfront and they deliver a boxful of their crops to us once a week.

  4. patientsaver Says:

    i would definitely make a complaint about the bogus vendors to whoever runs the farmers markets. I mean, if you don't complain, the practice will continue and it ruins it for everyone.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks for explanation, ceejay!

    Patientsaver, unfortunately the bogus vendor is the person who sets up the whole market!

  6. patientsaver Says:

    hmm, well that makes it even worse, doesn't it? I would report him to your state's agriculture dept then. I'm sure it's illegal to relabel, repackage and resell grocery store produce and call it something it isn't, especially if he's marking up the price which I assume he is, otherwise, why would he do it.

  7. ceejay74 Says:

    patientsaver, at our farmer's market, they don't make any claims, written or verbal, about it being local or anything. It tends to be cheaper or at least comparable to the grocery store; but the shelf life is way too short for it to be very good unless you use it that night. Plus, people may assume it's local farm-fresh stuff since they see it at a farmer's market, so it's kind of annoying. But I don't think it's illegal.

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