Saturday, May 10, 2008

Saturday Farmer's Market

My Farmer's Market loot. Cheese tamales, whole and fat free milk, local honey, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, onions, carrots and strawberries. Today we're going to have pan seared baked home grown chicken with carrots, mushrooms and my very own grown herbs. For a side I'm going to saute squash, zucchini, and onions. Mmmmmm

I love to shop at the Farmer's market. The idea of buying locally grown food from small farmers is so appealing. The prices are cheaper. The food is in season and fresher. The profits go into the little guy's pockets instead of corporate pockets. It's also just plain fun. You can ask a billion questions, and you get enthusiastic replies from people who are passionate about what they do. It's not simply about profit.
I asked a friend who worked as the produce buyer for a large grocery store chain, "What would a local farmer need to do to sell to your stores?" He replied with a smug little laugh, "Hmmpf, you can't even sell to us unless you have at least five million in insurance." That ended the conversation. Really I wasn't interested in them anymore. Now several years later, that chain has gone out of business and sold their stores to a local retail chain. Can't say I'm sad, except for the job hunting a lot of managers had to do. They tried to bill themselves as more local and friendly than Wal-mart. As one of their employees I know said, "We're for people who hate Wal-mart."
I don't hate Wal-mart. But I do love Farmer's markets.


Anonymous said...

I love it! I'm so glad you told me about your blog! :D We are home, but not with the truck/ trailer, etc (It's in Bessemer, AL). Made it to work at 9:36 this morning. *sigh* LOL Tif and I have to go to Huntsville tonight to pick up the guys. Good thing the rest of the weekend was absolutely amazing! ;) Tomorrow will be a bettter day! Love ya lots! Joanna/ RawTn

JeanSkirtGirl said...

that's look's good your furit i wish i had some!!

Egghead said...

I love the farmers market as well. Just something about knowing that it is wholesome, local and fresh. Your pictures looks yummy!

Kristi said...

Hi Rotten...oops I mean RawTN :) It was wonderful seeing all of you again! I'm so happy you like my blog. We always did love the same things!


sugarcreekfarm said...

I'm so envious you're able to buy milk at your farmers markets. Generally a big no-no here in Iowa :( Also envious of your veggies! Our opening farmers market day was last Friday, and none of the veggie vendors were there yet. Too early!

Egghead said...

I agree. I love the farmers market and as long as they are open we buy from least the stuff that we don't grow.