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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:40 am    Post subject: Farmers Markets Reply with quote

Looking for reasons to shop at the farmers markets.
Consider these.
    1. At the farmers markets freshness is measured in hours not days.
    2. The average supermarket carrot travels 2,000 miles from field to table.
    3. USDA surveys indicate that most farmers markets produce travels less than 50 miles to market.
    4. Practice delayed gratification by trying not to buy supermarket tomatoes. If you wait until the fresh tomatoes are for sale at the farmers markets, the flavors will be much better. You will enjoy them more.
    5. Mother Earth says farmers markets not only provide fresh food for consumers but they ensure an outlying green belt of small farms and protection form urban sprawl
    6. When you buy a supermarket peach in January you are not only buying a peach that was picked unripe you are also buying a peach that has traveled thousands of miles under refrigeration for a period of time. You are buying a peach that was bred not for its intrinsic taste but to handle this mistreatment.
    7."In America, 20 % of fossil fuel consumption goes to feeding ourselves." Michael Pollan, author The Omnivore's Dilemma

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Farmers markets are my favorite places to shop. I have a "route" I travel to hit as many as I can when I head out.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps this would be a good place to post some of the local farmer's markets in our areas...
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 10:20 am    Post subject: Santa Monica farmers market Reply with quote

I love going to the Farmers market in Santa Monica. Its wonderful and the I buy all sorts of fresh vegs for my family.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a farmer's market in hollywood on the weekends (I think it's new vine) and it's pretty good. I've been to the one in Beverly Hills and the one in Santa Monica - there's also one in Studio City that doesn't look half bad.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2007 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite local market is the Evanston Farmer's Market, just north of where I live. It's in a parking lot two blocks from the train, and it's huge. There are a ton of different vendors-- fruits, veggies, meats, eggs, beverages (milk, apple juice, grape juice, etc.), plants, value-added stuff like preserves and honey, mushrooms, baked goods-- just everything you could want. And they usually have musicians and special events, like a breakfast or activities for kids.

And whenever I'm in Madison, I never miss the Dane County Farmer's Market on Capitol Square. It's the largest farmer's market in the country, and the selection is beyond belief. But you have to go early, because the crowds get oppressive by mid-morning-- it can be difficult to even shop once everyone starts crowding in.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My only problem with farmer's markets is that they are usually in the bright sun all day. Makes me too tired to walk around all day. However, it's the only place I'll buy veggies and fruit nowadays.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any farmers markets in North Jersey that are good?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

love2cookmb wrote:
Any farmers markets in North Jersey that are good?


Corrado's in Clifton is amazing.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How are the prices? I didn't realize they sold everything like a farmers market.
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