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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Farmer's Market

Today was the first farmer's market in the parking lot of the grocery store that I work at. It's held Sunday mornings, which works out great for me since I work every Sunday morning from 4AM-10AM. Today I was done early, 8AM so I got out there and hit the market! There's not much in the way of produce quite yet since it's still pretty early, but I did pick up a few veggies as well as some plants!
Here's what I got today
1 pound of sugar snap peas $3
1 big bunch of (30) radishes $1
Bag of baby mixed lettuce, 5 oz (about 16 C) $2
Parsley plant $2
Basil plant $2
4 Red pepper plants $4, plus he threw in 2 Juliet grape tomato plants FREE
4 Red lettuce plants $1
4 Brussels sprouts plants $3
3 cabbage plants $3
4 Jalapeno plants $8, plus he threw in a FREE zucchini plant

Today's total - $29
Quite a bargain. It pays to get to know your farmer's and go to the same ones if they have what you want. They have a tendency to throw in freebies and give generous "pounds" ... so a pound ends up usually being 20 ounces or so! Can't do that at the grocery store!

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I love to work in my gardens ... flowers, herbs and vegetables all intermingled. I am an organic gardener and use companion plantings to help control the pests and diseases. I also love to help "young people" learn that they can make a meal from scratch just as fast as they can open a box of Hamburger Helper or go through the drive through. I run a business from my home teaching people to cook & selling the tools to do so. I work full time at the local grocery store, so I see many sides to the food we eat. Most of it is not good. We need to get back to feeding ourselves as much as possible and stop shipping our food thousands of miles! I also am an avid supporter of the Humane Society, La Crescent Animal Rescue and other local groups that help animals. Recycling, composting and re-purposing are also very important causes to me! I run an online greeting card business and a business that sells plant based cleaning products & natural supplements as well.