i <3 farmer’s markets

Ok, so I’m doing an about face on my previous statement about farmer’s markets, how it just wasn’t realistic that I would go. I’ve discovered that I love them, and now can’t imagine my life or kitchen without them now.

The idea became less foreign to me while we were in Hawaii. The farmer’s market just a short walk away from our condo made it easy to obtain fresh fruits and veggies. In fact, the nearest grocery store was easily a ten minute drive away, so the market became our staple during the week. The fact that we walked along a beautiful beach to get there didn’t hurt, either. We had a constant supply of fresh fruits and veggies during our trip. Our initial trip to Costco set us up for the first few days, but the market kept it going and provided excellent variety that Costco just couldn’t compete with. In short, we got spoiled.

So, upon our return, when I stumbled upon a local farmer’s market, it was as if the universe was handing me exactly what I was looking for. Fresh fruits and veggies at great prices. Picked at their peak and locally grown, this truly is the way to go. The only downside? The market I found was on Tuesday mornings. Sure, it works for now, while I’m not working, but what about when I go back to work? That’s where the Saturday market comes in to play…

The Saturday market at Sunrise Mall is A.MAZ.ING. A stunning array of produce for fantastic prices. Better than the Tuesday market. I went over my $25 budget, but I had a few splurge items that I didn’t count towards the total…

Beets $1.50/bunch

Chinese broccoli $1/bunch

Broccoli Rabe (leaves) $1/bunch

Kale $1/bunch

 

Radishes $1/bag

Leeks $1/bunch

Spinach $1/bunch

 

 

 

Eggs $5.50/flat – seriously? An amazing price for free range, hormone and pesticide free eggs.

 

 

 

Total spent so far? $13. For a large bag of food. Large enough that I had to go out to my car to drop things off before I could pick up the eggs.

As for my splurge purchases?

Strawberries (1/2 flat) $16 – pesticide free. Yes, these were a bit spendy, but I really wanted strawberries, and had yet to find organic ones for a decent price.

 

 

Pomegranate marinade for $7. The thing with this marinade, though… I bought it a few years ago when it was demo’ing at Whole Foods. I loved it. Got it home, looked at the ingredients and saw high fructose corn syrup fairly high on the list. What? Really? At Whole Foods? I usually check for stuff like this, but the demo guy was touting how awesome and natural this stuff was, so I didn’t think to look. I hung on to the bottle, thinking I might use it some day, but never did. Friday night (the night before the market), while cleaning out the fridge, I finally decided to let this bottle of sauce go. I’d held on too long. I was never going to use it. I poured it out and tossed the bottle.

Saturday, the universe once again handed me my request on a silver platter. The same people had a stand at the market. When I stopped by and checked out the bottles, I was happy to see the high fructose corn syrup gone from the list, replaced by cane sugar and molasses. Much better. I commented to them how glad I was to see that horrid stuff gone from the ingredients, and then forked over the $7 to buy a new bottle. Yay!

Ignoring the $7 I spent on the bottle of marinade, my tally was $29 for produce and eggs. Considering eggs aren’t something you normally get from a CSA box anyway, I was just under our $25 budget for produce. And I didn’t even make it all the way through the market. I’m excited to go back again and see what else they have.

A side note… I know I posted this link before, but it’s worth sharing again… http://www.localharvest.org Find your local CSA, farmer’s markets, farms and ranches. Get on board with the whole buying local movement and check it out. All the cool kids are doing it.

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1 Response to “i <3 farmer’s markets”


  1. 1 -J February 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    It seems your farmers markets are far more affordable than the Chicago farmers’ markets—but good food is good food, so we pay…
    :)


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