Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Twenty Dollar Challenge

I will be the first to admit I love shopping, and if I can get a bargain, that is even better. That’s why I love going to the Farmer’s Market. It is a great place to get quality foods that are homegrown, in season, and relatively inexpensive. It is also a great place to get the creative juices flowing and support local farms. Even if you are just there to walk around and take in the experience it is a great place to be. I try to buy local foods as often as I can. I find that the food tastes better because it is real. At my market, you can get anything from fresh fruits and veggies to eggs that were laid that morning.

Today I put myself to the test. How much produce can I buy for $20.00 at the Farmer’s Market? I have to say I was quite impressed.  Here’s what I got:
Sugar Snap Peas,
Green Onions
Acorn Squash
Not only was that about all that I could carry, but it is all that my family can eat before it goes bad. Be sure to check out the picture just to see how much I got.

Tonight’s menu is all about freshness- a fresh fruit salad with peaches, nectarines and strawberries, lamb marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, Kosher salt, pepper, an Italian blend of spices, green onions, and garlic, and grilled zucchini.

I hope that you are inspired to seek out local food not only to have the freshest ingredients to feed your family, but also to help local farmers compete with big commercial farms and chain stores. I mean who really wants to buy fruits and veggies under florescent lights anyway.

Happy Cooking!!


Anonymous said...

Sometimes merchants at farmers markets sell fruits and vegetable that are not grown locally. These merchants (note I call them merchants not farmers) buy wholesale fruits and veggies and then resell them at a farmers market repackaged to look fresh. It helps to be aware of what is in season. I am mentioning this because it is late in the year for strawberry season and sugar snap peas are typically a cool weather crop.

Fresh locally grown strawberries are often much smaller than what you see in a grocery store and much sweeter!

At farmers markets you may need to ask questions like "where is your farm". Or look around their stand and truck for commercial looking packaging for the produce.

Also being aware of when fruits and veggies are in season can help you find better deals. During apple season we sometimes can get a great price on a whole bushel of slightly bruised apples to make and can applesauce!

Happy shopping!

Plant Lady said...

Love Farmer's Markets! Fine folks and fresh fruits and veggies! Buy Local!