I’ve been shopping at our local farmer’s market on a weekly basis for a few months now. I love the idea of purchasing fresh, locally grown produce… especially compared to the often tasteless, mushy, shipped-in and over-priced variety of fruits and veggies available at our local grocery stores.
To my knowledge, our farmer’s market doesn’t sell organic produce, but the fruits and veggies we bring home are always fresh and delicious. I always feel like I am getting quality products and a good deal.
But today– I came home doing the happy dance!! Here is what I scooped up at Hardwick’s Farmer’s Market in Eastland County– for a whopping ten dollars.
1 head cabbage, 99-cents
2 bunches/full bags of spinach, 99-cents (sale)
2 bunches (6 full stalks) of broccoli, 99-cents (sale)
5 lemons, $1
1 large slicing cucumber, 50-cents
onions, 49-cents per lb
24 lbs bananas, $5
Yes, you read that last one right.
I bought five bags of overripe bananas for one dollar per bag. I came home and weighed my loot– 24 pounds of bananas! At five dollars, I figured I only paid around 21-cents per pound. Not bad, when our local Super Wal-Mart is charging nearly three times that much per pound (sometimes bananas are as high as 67-cents per pound at our Wally-World).
I froze most of the bananas to use for breakfast smoothies, banana bread and whatever else I can think of (any suggestions?). Since the flesh is still good beneath a lot of those black peels, I popped a few in the fridge for the kids to eat with their granola cereal in the morning.
The rest of my goodies will be enjoyed in veggie trays, slaw, salads, and other yummies during the week.
I also purchase pure vanilla extract and raw honey, in bulk, from our Hardwick’s Farmer’s Market, as well as dried fruit and nuts for snacks and baking. During gardening season, we buy most all of our garden supplies and plants (or seeds) from Hardwick’s. They carry a good selection of produce and herbs for spring and autumn planting.
I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful resource for healthy, fresh and locally grown products!
Where do you purchase your fresh produce? Do you buy locally? Grow your own? Hit the super markets? Purchase through a coop? If you buy locally-grown produce, do you find it is a savings– or does it end up costing more?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.