Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Famer's Markets = Great Deals

The Farmer's Markets in our area have begun. Truth be told, we don't buy a whole lot of veggies at the Markets, because, um, we live on a "farm."

However, we do like to frequent them from time to time. It's great fun to see all the tables loaded with produce! In addition to delicious, locally grown, reasonably priced produce, Farmer's Market vendors often sell gorgeous cut flowers, honey, real maple syrup, meat, cheeses, baked goods, clothing, handmade soaps and jewelry. Throw in some yummy food vendors (love those egg rolls), a band playing and some of the best people watching around - you've got yourself a night (or a morning) out on the town!

The produce is generally cheaper than what you'll find at the grocery store. It is definitely fresher! Plus, you're supporting local farmers and craftsmen when you shop at Farmer's Markets. It's a good thing.

Farmer Ron and I swung by our local Market tonight to oogle at other people's veggies and got a great deal on plants for the garden. We bought 3 eggplant plants and 1 mint plant for a total of $2.00! It hadn't crossed my mind to look for actual plants at a Farmer's Market, but there they were and for a much better price than the local nursery.

Just wanted to throw this out there in case you need a few plants for your "farm!"

5 comments:

  1. I had someone ask me yesterday how you know what is a good deal at the Farmer's Market? Any tips for that? I said I always aim to buy fruits and veggies for about $1 per pound or so (as just a guideline) but I don't shop much at the Farmer's Market so I wasn't sure.

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  2. We walked down to the farmer's market last night- Basil plants were 4 for $1! I am anxious to try making pesto this summer :)

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  3. Shelly,
    I don't have a great handle on getting the best deal at the Farmer's Market except to say that I've a general idea of what produce costs at the store and can compare the two in my head. :) Kind of like your $1.00 per pound goal. Fruit is ususally more expensive at the FM, while I find veggies to be cheaper in general. Also, I don't mind paying a bit more for the FM veggies because they are so much fresher and I like buying from people with faces.

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  4. I know what you mean Sara! We used our last frozen pesto a couple of weeks ago. I can eat that stuff with a spoon!

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