Oct 13, 2008

Supporting the local Farmers market

Actual post date OCTOBER 24TH 2008
I try to visit the Edmond Farmers Market as often as i can, which isn't often enough. I have always had a desire to do this, but at first was too lazy to do it and thought "can it really taste THAT much better?" Well, let me tell ya, I am here to answer that LAST question, YES IT DOES! Click here to check out the Farmers Market around here.
I have recently started buying ground beef, from Whitmore Farms, they sell at the Edmond Farmers Market
OMG it is great, even Jeff, commented on how good it tastes.
It is cheaper than what I was paying at Crest. Saturday it was $3.25/ lb, at Crest I pay $3.55-$3.85/lb for the lean. If you can not make it to the market , they said you could call them to arrange a meeting. One of the owners works in the city so he could meet whenever the need arises. (Do you think I could get Crest or Walmart to meet me with a few steaks and ground beef when I need it?) Whitmore Farms LLC 405-466-2279
I love the fact that I am supporting local farmers and that what I am feeding my family is MUCH healthier, tastier and a smaller "carbon footprint." The last comment is dedicated to my tree hugging, hippy, lives in Colorado, hate to admit: registered democract, older sis!

So anyway I just wanted to share the info. This picture does not do the meal justice. We seasoned and cooked up beef patties, grill onions enjoyed this with a plate of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. All this was bought at the Edmonds Farmers Markt, and was locally grown. Some farmers market only sale locally grown produce but not all of them, So you should ask before you buy: "Where is this grown?"


More info on Farmers Markets:
THE FRESHEST, MOST FLAVORFUL FOOD IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

FOOD TRAVELS ON AVERAGE 1,300 MILES FROM FARM TO TABLE

Most fresh fruits and vegetables produced in the U.S. are shipped from California, Florida, and Washington.
Fruits and vegetables shipped from distant states and countries can spend as many as seven to fourteen days in transit before they arrive in the supermarket.
Most fruit and vegetable varieties sold in supermarkets are chosen for their ability to withstand industrial harvesting equipment and extended travel not taste. This results in little variety in the plants grown.
TASTE THE DIFFERENCE IN FRESH, LOCAL FOOD AND JUDGE FOR YOURSELF!

Premium Taste. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are usually sold within 24 hours of being harvested. Produce picked and eaten at the height of ripeness has exceptional flavor and, when handled properly, is packed with nutrients.
Maximum Freshness. By choosing local produce at farm stands, farmers markets, pick-your-own farms and grocery stores, you pay for taste, not transportation and packaging.
Unique Varieties. Local farmers often grow a large assortment of unique varieties of products to provide the most flavorful choices throughout the season.
BUYING LOCAL IS THIS EASY:

Find a farmer, farmers' market, farm stand, or local food outlet near you, visit
Shop at your local farmers' market or farm stand for the freshest, best tasting food available. It's easy to find local food. There are over 3,100 farmers' markets in the U.S.—one is probably near you!4
Encourage your local grocery stores and area restaurants to purchase more of their products from local farmers.

Fruit, vegetables, meat and milk produced closer to home rack up fewer "petroleum miles" than products trucked cross-country to your table. How do you find them? Search localharvest.org by ZIP code for farmers' markets, greengrocers and food co-ops in your area. The website, which includes handy contact information in its directory listings, also identifies restaurants that specialize in regional and seasonal ingredients. If you really want to get close to the farm, join a Community Supported Agriculture project, which lets you buy shares in a farmer's annual harvest. In return, you get a box of produce every week for a season. It will take more than a few visits to the farm stand to reduce the carbon impact of the U.S. food supply. In the meantime, here's another reason to go local: the taste is great.

1 comment:

Gwen Hanson said...

That's right girl, I will be hugging trees and teaching Hannah Bear to do the same!As far as being a registered "D," it doesn't make the tree easier to hug. It just makes it harder to chop it down later to make paper...haha. Great entry. You'll be wearing birkenstocks and letting your leg hair grow out before we know it.