so, with farmer's market season in full swing, i'd like to compare notes.
i'm not the best at shopping farmer's markets - i always end up unsure of how much things will weigh and they price it per pound and before you know it i've bought three tomatoes for seven bucks.
before every visit i take out twenty bucks and that's my budget. i can be under. but i can't go over. it's been helpful in the learning process.
so let's start with what i know. what i consider staples. what are my musts.
leafy green things.
a lot of produts procured at farmer's markets, to my palette, don't taste different from my trader joe's fare. but i like supporting local farmers, so i'm game. but milk? oh man does it make a difference. i get my milk from ronnybrook farm and i've never looked back. it's amazing how much better it tastes (and how much better they treat their cows).
eggs are a no brainer - the price is clear (no pay per pound nervousness when you get those puppies!)
lastly, as of late i've been getting my basil and spinach at the market. the market is a great place to pick up veggies you wouldn't normally have on hand - say you make a stop at the grocery store and the market in one week - it's a way to refresh the dwindling pile of produce. at mine i find it important to shop around - prices range a lot and the taste can, too. i finally found a spinach that $4/lb as opposed to $4/ 1/4 lb (whaaaat?) that's tasty, too. i like getting something easy like spinach or string beans - they're easty to sautee (former) or roast (latter) and add to any meal without spending additional time in the kitchen.
any my don'ts?
and a lot of things grown in a fashion that starts with the prefix "hypo-"
on the yogurt...i just can't. i tried. it was disgusting. and that's that.
i've found that things grown with the prefix "hypo-" means that they're water supply is greatly regulated and specially piped to the plants and stuff like that (correct me if i'm wrong). and then you have 3 tomatoes for $7 or a handful of spinach for $5. i only have a grocery budget for myself so i can splurge every now and then but come on farmers. really? when i was growing up a neighbor would put out tomatoes in little baskets and ask for a one dollar ($1!) and anyone walking or driving by could take a basket and give a dollar. i know it's not rocket science to grow them. i want to support you, but meet me halfway.
experience has helped me progress from feeling like i'm trying to avoid the judgmental eyes of hippies and not to be a pushover. what are your tricks of the trade if you shop them? and if you don't, what do you wish you could get if you had one (and maybe i can try it out!)?
oh, and the cider donuts and the flowers. it's ok to give into those every now and then.