Sunday, July 1, 2012

Where to buy produce?

I have found that the best place to buy produce is at my local farmers market. The fruits and vegetables are much less expensive. As if this weren't enough of a reason, the quality far exceeds that of the grocery store, the food is picture perfect and taste amazing. Another perk to purchasing produce at a farmers market is that you are purchasing from local farmers. This means you will be putting money back into your local economy.
Most of the vendors at the market sell by season so you can stock up on all the vegetables and fruits available for the current season. Toward the end of the day many will cut their prices in half, or even more, so that they do not have to repackage the food. At my market, there is a vendor who just before closing, will mix fruits and vegetables in bags and sells them for $1 per bag.

Of course, ideally you want to grow and harvest your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs but not all of us have the ability, or the green thumb, to accomplish this. I for one can only grow items in containers since I do not own the home I live in. I grow as much as I can at; however, the majority of my food comes from the farmers market.

But the food is not all there is to the market. You can purchase herb and vegetable plants at below retail value. Most of my garden I have purchased at the farmers market, some for as low as a $1 per plant. There are also many eccentric treats that you just cannot find anywhere else. From homemade jams, orange juice, hummus, pickles, seasonings, breads, and much, much more. The treasures are endless!

If you've never been to a farmers market and aren't sure exactly what to expect, read the article Good Intentions Always in Season at Farmers Market by Elisabeth Best. I couldn't have said it better myself.

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