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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Green Spot: The Farmer’s Market

Posted by Tim Stobbs on March 20, 2009

People are often encouraged to buy local.  The idea being local food typically has less transportation emissions involved and has the benefit of stimulating your local economy.  I personally tend to spend my some of my money during the summer months at the local farmer’s market.

Now despite the logical reasons for doing it for the environment I’ll be honest: I don’t buy at my farmer’s market just for the environment.  I buy produce there because it tastes much better than the stuff I can buy at my local grocery store.  It’s all about freshness (and the fact I’ve always worked within two blocks of the market so it’s convenient too).

It’s an interesting fact now a days that people who buy from the big change stores sometimes don’t realize how much different food can taste when it is really fresh.  There is just some vital to food just out of the garden the day before you buy it and take it home and eat it.  It just tastes better and often has a much nicer texture too.  Also at the market I’ve found I tried a bunch of food I never would have thought of to try before.  I’m not sure if my regular store even carries some of the squash I bought last fall or some of varieties of greens.

The down side of the market is: it’s a market, so prices can be higher than your grocery store, the same or even lower some times.  It really just depends on the local supply and demand.  I know last fall I literaly watched the price of my potatoes drop for about four weeks in a row at the market.  As more crops came in they fulled the market and the price dropped as every tried to move them.

So this spring I’ll encourage you to try and find you local farmer’s market and give it a try.  You might find like me the original reason for being there might change from environmentally motivated to just plain old selfish.

Comments

4 Responses to “Green Spot: The Farmer’s Market”
  1. Mintycake says:

    I like the Farmers market but I have a couple of gripes about it too:

    1) produce seems more expensive than at the supermarket most of the time (one near me sells organic chicken for $25 for a whole chicken). There are some exceptions (cucumbers, corn, beans) and I do take advantage of it. The one near me also makes the best darn butter tarts I’ve ever tasted, but does sell them for $5 for 6 (which I guess isn’t bad).

    2) Most local ones are very early in the morning on weekends and I like to sleep in, so there’s no chance of me getting to the market on time to buy anything. Or the ones that do stay open are picked over by the time I get there.

  2. Cheapchick says:

    I currently live in Alberta and the local farmers market is always more expensive. That said I agree with you in the taste department. There are also items at my farmers market I cannot get anywhere else (Mennonite sausage and excellent tzatziki). In summer though I always try to stop at the small produce stands on the side of the road for fresh corn and fruit. Alot of that though still comes from BC. When I lived on Vancouver Island thought my favorite haunt was the Old Farm Market in Duncan. I am not vegetarian but could have been based on bountiful cheap and wonderful produce there.

  3. Canadian Dream says:

    Mintycake,

    I agree the price is often up rather than down, but it is usually a taste thing why I buy it anyway.

    Ah, this is where I luck out as my usual farmer shows up at the Wed market which is 1 block from me at work. So I’m down there by noon when it starts at 10am.

    Cheapchick,

    Oh good point I forgot about those stands sometimes those have amazing stuff!

    Tim

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