Do you support your local Farmers Market?

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    Aug 05, 2020 4:30 AM GMT
    Tell me what you find?
    I've shopped local farmers markets for many years
    and I can always walk away with something interesting.
    I love all the fresh, farm to table items and I know it helps
    support the local communities. fresh air and music sometimes
    with all the fun of local vibes.
    Aloha
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    Aug 05, 2020 10:11 AM GMT
    Sometimes we do use farmers markets, in season. Which in Florida, like your Hawaii, can be nearly year-round, though selection varies. One of our favorite local markets actually shuts down for several months of the year, because supplies dwindle. Another problem is highly variable quality. And it can be difficult to know the quality until you get the things home.

    Most of the time we just use the produce section at our local Publix supermarket. Knowing that they purchase a lot of their things locally, so that’s in keeping with your philosophy of supporting local communities.

    Why should they pay to ship from across the country if it’s grown within a few miles of their stores, and is fresher? For the volume Publix buys they can sample in detail different lots, something we can’t do.

    Whereas Walmart produce here is low quality, often wilting & about to expire. We trust nothing they sell, apparently procuring cheaper second-quality for their stores for greater profit, and the buyer illusion of savings.

    Publix has really good professional produce purchasers, who procure first quality. Even if their prices can be among the higher, a lot of their produce is very, very good. Their watermelon is the sweetest I’ve ever had in my life, no other source here can match it. Their celery is also very fresh & crisp, and never stringy, a problem from other sources around here.

    And so it goes with their other produce. Publix never disappoints us, compared to others.

    Also, lots of things we buy aren’t grown locally, so those are gonna come through a supply chain anyway. Like potatoes and other tubers, best grown in more northern climates, or pineapple from your state. But Florida does still grow a lot of leafy vegetables, as well as its famous citrus tree crops.
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    Aug 06, 2020 8:23 PM GMT
    In fact the last one I went to in America, was Hillo, Big Island Hawaii.

    There is a really good one near my husband and I. There are also a number of fruit Orchards around us, that we can also buy from the gate.
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    Aug 06, 2020 8:58 PM GMT
    Ya, I agree. ^^^^^ If you buy from a high quality grocer, like Publix or Whole Foods or a local high-end grocer, you not only are getting local products but someone reviewing for quality before sticking a price tag on it. I got mad at a Fresh Market (great store) produce guy once for constantly being out of cilantro and he said he'd been getting local delivery every day but the quality wasn't up to their standards so he was refusing to accept it. They were looking for an alternate supplier but they hadn't had time to get out to inspect the farms.

    The other problem I have with farmers markets is I always end up buying too much. And then I have waste. My bad. Drives my partner crazy.
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    Aug 08, 2020 7:49 PM GMT
    My neighbor sells papayas (@ the market) that he gathers from various wild trees in my area.
    He brought me a few and after I let them ripen I sliced them up, freeze them and
    use in my vegetarian protein smoothies.

    They are rich in nutrients and from what I've read they help with avoiding
    bad viruses, even the covid-19.

    So get some and be healthy!!

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    Aug 08, 2020 11:48 PM GMT
    TropicalDelight saidTell me what you find?
    I've shopped local farmers markets for many years
    and I can always walk away with something interesting.
    I love all the fresh, farm to table items and I know it helps
    support the local communities. fresh air and music sometimes
    with all the fun of local vibes.
    Aloha
    Its common knowledge you wanna sample Candadbeef's poi..
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    Sep 03, 2020 10:10 PM GMT
    Summer is a great time for fruit at the San Francisco farmers markets -. Most growers drive in from the central or Salinas valleys - several hours away. But it is incredibly crowded. If one goes to the main market, he will find that the parking lot is almost full by 6:00 am. With covid-19 distancing, there are long lines for some vendors. But the peaches are incredible this time of year. I will never buy peaches in supermarkets - they are almost guaranteed to be unripe, with the consistency of rocks, and no flavor.
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    Sep 07, 2020 7:11 PM GMT
    Destinharbor said
    Ya, I agree. ^^^^^ If you buy from a high quality grocer, like Publix or Whole Foods or a local high-end grocer, you not only are getting local products but someone reviewing for quality before sticking a price tag on it. I got mad at a Fresh Market (great store) produce guy once for constantly being out of cilantro and he said he'd been getting local delivery every day but the quality wasn't up to their standards so he was refusing to accept it. They were looking for an alternate supplier but they hadn't had time to get out to inspect the farms.

    Just so. There are some things I leave to the professionals, who know certain subjects better than I will ever. So Publix is our “old reliable" here.

    Still, I’m fond of childhood memories in northern New Jersey, of Sunday summer drives with my parents in the country. New Jersey is nicknamed “The Garden State” not because of flowers, but because of the time when it was covered with small garden farms.

    And there would be roadstands all along the way we drove, selling corn, tomatoes, all kinds of veggies as they were harvested. My parents would get brown paper bags full, filling up the trunk. Plus my father would grow his own in our back yard garden. Jersey tomatoes are what made Campbell's soup famous.

    And in the Fall you went for pumpkins. You never bought a pumpkin in a store. Another thing was all the Jersey dairies, common throughout New England, that had their own roadside stands, selling their dairy products. Some had indoor ice cream stands.

    I remember one that had a glass-windowed inside wall, where you could watch the ice cream being made on the other side. Using fresh milk brought in from the milking barn. And cheap prices! You couldn’t eat what 20 cents bought you in a big bowl.

    Of course all that’s gone now. The land sold for housing and industrial purposes, the land crisscrossed with big highways. But I still have fond memories of buying right from the farm, or even things from my grandmother’s farm. But I never learned my parents’ skill for selection, so I mostly leave it to the pros. Knowing in many cases it still supports our local growers.