We took a trip to our local Farmers Market this past weekend and I am just wondering if it was worth the trip? I am not talking about one of the weekend Farmers Markets that have been springing up all over the place these past few years. I am talking about a Farmers Market that has been operating since 1938. It is open 365 days a year. I remember it used to be a pretty scary place to go. It is located in an industrial section of town close to a big train yard. They have spruced it up some with all the competition they are getting these days with Farmers Markets that open on the weekends and offer all kinds of other activities and products. (they now have a police stop station located on the premises, doesn’t that make you feel better)
Ok, now let’s talk about the produce selection and origin of the produce. The day we went there wasn’t much customer traffic so it was easy to browse the stalls. It seemed like most of the vendors were all charging the same prices. Now I was with Mr. Understanding and the youngest so, if they saw something they liked, they wanted to try and get the
cheapest best price possible. Mr. Understanding told me the vendors expect you to haggle over the price.
It was funny though, at one stall they had a sign on the cucumbers 4 for $1 so when Mr. U said he only wanted two the price changed to 3 for $1? What kind of haggling is that? He wound up getting two cucumbers and 2 green bell peppers for $1. Nice going Mr. U
The selection was good with some exotics that I don’t think were grown around here (see the pic of the mini bananas) and the pricing surprisingly was much better than the regular grocery store. We got a box of corn for $6. The regular grocery was selling the same corn this weekend 4 pieces for $2. Where did the corn come from you ask? Well, we wanted to know too. The
farmer guy selling the corn told us it came from South Florida. I was trying to envision corn growing in South Florida and all I could come up with was alligators and the everglades. Sure enough though I looked it up and here is a picture of South Florida corn growing and here is corn we purchased.
We really wanted some tomatoes and I have to say the ones at the Farmers Market were very pretty and everyone had them. So, where did they come from? Tennessee. Now how is Tenn able to grow tomatoes this time of year and we haven’t even been able to get a single tomato plant in the ground yet? Well, I looked it up and I could not find where Tenn grows tomatoes this time of year so, I am thinking they must have been grown in a green house. After we got the home and got a taste, I am even more sure they were green house grown. The price was good though, 6 big red tomatoes for $2. I did find these nifty facts when I was looking for Tenn tomato growing
- To peel a tomato, place it into boiling water for about 10-15 seconds and their skins peel off with ease
- Yellow tomatoes are sweeter than red tomatoes because they have more sugar content.
- Tomato juice can counteract the smell of skunk.
I would have to say a trip to our local Farmers Market was worth it. We spent about $10 and got
- 2 cucumbers
- 2 green bell peppers
- a box of corn – 18 pieces
- 6 tomatoes
- a head of romaine lettuce
They did have Florida grown watermelons already. It is going to have to get a little warmer and stop raining before I am in the mood to spit watermelon seeds.
One more picture. Aren’t these the cutest little egg sized eggplants. Got to find a recipe for those
Hope you enjoyed this little field trip. I would love to hear about your local Farmers Market.