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.