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#1 janey

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 04:49 PM

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to take my weekly visit to a local growers market. I find all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in "my neighbors" backyards. Last week I got the best ever white sweet corn and fresh green beans - both had been picked the morning I bought them. This week it was peaches and lemon cucumber. I also picked up a few green tomatoes. Tomorrow night's supper - fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits - total comfort food!

Benefits of the market - buying fresh, buying local, visiting with neighbors, taking in some vitamin D and getting a little exercise.

What's your favorite place to shop for food?

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 07:55 PM

Well, I hate to admit, my favorite place to shop for food is the internet - they deliver direct to my second floor door. The store I shop online has been offering a local growers' box but after a couple of disasters, I gave up on it. For one thing, everything is always covered in dirt. It seems like they would want to keep that to use again! :lol:

I live in a rather remote area - I have to take the bus to get anywhere to shop which is a guaranteed half hour to one hour trip, depending on where I go. Then when I get there, I am tired, plus have to deal with carrying stuff home. There are farmers markets in the hour trip places. They also have lots of other stuff - more like a european thing, with sausages and baked goods and crafts.

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 06:54 AM

We purchased a share in a local organic farm. Each week we pick up a whole box of fresh organic produce from a drop-off spot just a few miles away. And every two weeks we get an big box of organic fruit from around the country.

The farm sends us an email newsletter every week, telling us what is in the box, with recipes, storage information and activities at the farm. They even tell us which items to eat first, before they go bad.

This has saved us lots of money (no grocery store mark-ups and fewer trips to the store, too), encouraged us to eat a much wider variety of fruits and vegetables, and focused our meals around delightfully fresh and colorful foods.

Jefa, we are lucky in that they powerwash all the foods before delivery, so that we can eat them straight from the box, if we'd like. I agree -- the farmers should keep the dirt and recycle it. :P

Our farm also has several social events each year for members, like a square dance in the spring and a harvest potluck celebration in the fall, complete with a campground for members to stay overnight, if they wish. Every farm is different, some even requiring the members to do a certain amount of work; our doesn't have a work requirement, which is good as neither of us would be up to that.

In the U.S., people can explore options from local farmers by searching under terms such as "community supported agriculture" (CSA for short).
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Posted 01 September 2007 - 07:38 AM

Well, I got a huge sweet potato and a butternut squash in one of the boxes. According to the recipe included in the box, I cut both of them into nice sized chunks, quartered two large red onions, and tossed all with a little oil and seasoning and baked on a tray in the oven for 25 minutes. It smelled delicious. Jimmy is a very fussy eater and wasn't interested, so I figured I would freeze single portions. I took a bite and almost gagged. The texture of those two vegetables baked was just wrong, and I couldn't swallow it. Quick thinking saved the day, however. I tossed the lot into my crockpot and covered it with hot water. With gloves on to fight off Mr. Raynaud, I did a quick hunt through the freezer drawer to find a big bag of frozen broadbeans (sort of a cross between limas and butterbeans). In the cupboard I found a bag of red lentils and in the fridge, fresh carrots, a leek and a pointed red pepper. I dumped it all in the crockpot with a small piece of leftover ham, a couple of bay leaves, some garlic and black pepper. After a couple of hours, I scooped up the big pieces and chunkified them with the food processor. The result was a beautiful, thick veggie soup which I have been lunching on for a week. It is even good cold, like gaspacho. I really enjoy cooking.
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Posted 02 September 2007 - 05:31 PM

Jefa~
That little crock pot recipe sounds so delicious...I just might have to go out to the garden and see whats ripe, then raid the freezer for the rest!!! :D

I'll let you know how it turns out...thanks for the idea!
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 01:22 AM

Hi everyone,
I live in a town that is close to the major highways, 15 min, has a state college but is also very quiet with three farms that sell fantastic veggies and fruits. At one farm you can buy an ear of corn that is dried. You take the whole ear, put it in a paper bag and put it in the mocrowave for popcorn. My girls love this and it is only 50 cents an ear. Last week we had delicious summer squash and zucchini. I usually cut them up, lay them in tin foil, drizzle olive oil on them and some seasonings, (we like Montreal Steak, it is a bit spicy but not real spicy) then cover with foil and put 'em on the grill. MMMMM delicious!

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I have to pull out my crock pot! In the next month or so it will start to cool down here and I love cooking in my crock pot.
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 04:20 AM

Oh Janey,

You would love our "Farmers Market" From spring till end of fall, twice a week in 2 of our parks, locals gather and share fruits/ veggies/ baked good and even flowers! That is the only place I purchase any fruits and veggies for the summer months. 95 percent are grown organically which is also a requirement for me!
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:49 AM

My favourite place to shop for food is Paris. I just walk down the stairs from our appartment, across the courtyard, through the big green doors and out into a food wonderland. On our 'rue' we have three fantastic bakeries which sell a mouthwatering (and waist expanding) variety of breads, viennosserie, and patisserie, several fruit/vegetable shops with great mound of strawberries, apicots, peaches etc in summer , followed by figs , chestnuts, walnuts, mushrooms in the autumn. The real Alladdins cave though, is the indoor market across the street, with butchers, organic vegetables and fruit, cheese, olives and my favourite , the fishmonger ( nearly ended up with a kitten along with the fish one time because I thought he asked if I wanted the fish filleted, but when I said 'oui' I had in fact agreed to take one of his kittens! - think I need to work on the language skills a bit more!.
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 12:47 PM

WE have a wonderful farmers market nearby, and boy do I miss it in the winter! My friend, Michele, just visited me from Georgia a couple of weeks ago and MADE me cook, and freeze things. I think she is trying to domesticate me! LOL! Anyway, it wasn't so bad. We made fresh strawberry jam and pepper jam. We froze fresh sweet corn from the market. We made meatloaf, meatballs, and burger patties and froze them. After she left, I went back to the market and bought a bunch of peppers and froze them too. Now maybe I'll have a little taste of summer this winter! If it all lasts that long!
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 04:05 PM

Farmers Markets are SO great and I am glad to see them becoming more and more abundant and popular all over the world but especially here in the US.

Its scary to think about what happens to the food we buy in the grocery stores before we eat it. There's nothing like farm fresh anything.

My sister and her hubby bought some acreage near me and plan to retire into farming. We have a wonderful farmer's market and Food Coop grocery in our town. I love it!

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 08:01 AM

wow...i read your posts and im impressed ,,,the most I cook theses days are chips for my kids , but I do try and grow my own veg (not as well as you guys tho haha) I love cooking and makeing tasty dishes, as I used to in the old days haha!!so if you guys got any easy and simple recipes id love to hear them , I love veg more than meats but my kids dont :( so I cook what they like and have a sarnie) im still trying to suss out how this forum works ......... hope you all have a great day jaxsx
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