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  • Love love love the farmer's market!

    I know most people here have figured this out already... but I just went out to the farmer's market today, for the first time...

    It was awesome!

    I even found eggs (!) - the real kind where the chickens get to go outside and eat bugs (Though I couldn't remember the proper terminology, so that's how I referred to them - as in, "Excuse me, Mr. Farmer - I see you have eggs. Are these the kind where the chickens get to go outside and eat bugs?" hehe)

    Anyway, I got a dozen eggs for $4 (I usually have to spend about $3.50 at Whole Foods for just 6 "good" eggs, and I'm sure they're not quite as good as these!)... I also picked up a tomato, a pint of cherry tomatoes, 2 very cool looking cucumbers with no wax or crappy bug spray so I can actually eat the skins, a green pepper, a zuchinni, and a handful of red okra that you can put in salads.

    And it was only about $15 total (that includes the $4 for eggs).

    It's starting out to be a really good weekend!


    Edit: Oh, and blueberries - I forgot, I got a pint of really yummy blueberries too! The goodness just doesn't end It was definitely worth getting up early on Saturday for!
    Last edited by jendoe; 07-31-2010, 06:45 AM. Reason: Forgot the blueberries...

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    I'm headed to the farmer's market today...can't wait to see what I find!

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    • #3
      *grin*

      I made my way to my first farmers' market last week. Discovered my new 'impulse buying' habits include chickens with giblets, unpasteurised cheddar, and a sage plant the size of a small tree. Came home with sage and chard sticking out of the bike paniers, looking like the Day of the Triffids on wheels.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Hilary View Post
        *grin*

        I made my way to my first farmers' market last week. Discovered my new 'impulse buying' habits include chickens with giblets, unpasteurised cheddar, and a sage plant the size of a small tree. Came home with sage and chard sticking out of the bike paniers, looking like the Day of the Triffids on wheels.
        At least once in my life, I must live somewhere I can bike to the market and ride home with greens sticking out of the basket

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        • #5
          Nice finds. I just got home with tomatoes, kale, cucumbers, zucchini (going to try zucchetti), beets, 2 flats of eggs, and the find of the day...chanterelle mushrooms just picked in the forest yesterday. So looking forward to dinner tonight!!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by avocado View Post
            At least once in my life, I must live somewhere I can bike to the market and ride home with greens sticking out of the basket
            Definitely recommended. (Though paniers add to the eccentricity quotient.)

            My ambition's simpler - to get fit enough that there's a market within cycling distance more often than once a month!

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            • #7
              There's a farmer's market within walking distance of my house Saturday mornings ... I walk my greyhound there. (Farmers' markets almost every day of the week somewhere in my Iowa community.) We don't have super-exciting artisanal stuff here -- but both my dog and I are very friendly with the guy who sells grass-fed buffalo. Today I got cucumbers, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, cabbage, and garlic ... probably should have stocked up on some more eggs but I can get them during the week.

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              • #8
                Wow - some fancy finds (chanterelle mushroom - neat!)

                I had some veggies at lunch, and the cucumbers were unbelievable! I usually cut off the peels (from the grocery store, because of the wax) - so having organic, non-waxed, really fresh cucumbers was such a treat - they tasted almost like a completely different vegetable. Really crunchy and crisp too!

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                • #9
                  All of my veggies come from my CSA, I don't eat much fruit, and farmer's market prices on meat and eggs are ridiculous, so I don't usually go. But I had guests in town so I took them today.

                  ...and I got a big, frozen, organic, pasture-raised duck! =] $29 for a 4.4lb duck. Can't wait to cook it.
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                  • #10
                    my college town, madison, wi... has the best farmers market. there are even 3 or 4 vendors of grass fed beef! primal goodness.

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                    • #11
                      Went to a bigger market a bit further afield (cheating - cycling to the station to get there, as I'm not up to a 25-mile round trip quite yet). Local trout, sausages, bacon (lots of pig farming round here!), wild venison, goat's cheese, raw Guernsey cream, raspberries, pork-filled roll for lunch (nice wholemeal bun for the pigeons), and another impulse buy - purple cauliflower.

                      What I loved - besides the pork crackling... - was the way the stallholders were with children: giving them priority, offering them samples, giving them time to consider what they liked. All on a completely different planet from the experience they'd have in a supermarket.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mayness View Post
                        farmer's market prices on meat and eggs are ridiculous
                        That's been my experience as well at many markets.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by blank_faceplate View Post
                          That's been my experience as well at many markets.
                          That's nice to hear... I always read online how great the prices are at everyone's local farmer's market, and honestly, even organic fruits and veggies cost a lot more at the farmer's market here than at the supermarket.

                          People here go mostly for the socializing, live music, and to eat lunch. The food vendors are gooood, not that I can eat at many of them anymore (sometimes I do miss Cambodian food, and samosas).
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