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Old 04-29-2004, 12:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Farmer's Market

Yes, Saturday is the official start of most Farmer's Markets in the area. I am so excited.

For those that may not know, a farmer's market is where local vendors- either commercial or not- come and sell their wares- usually organically grown fruits and veggies, baked goods, crafts, and bedding plants. I am so excited. These can be the best places to find some of the ripest, juciest fruits.

Is anyone else as excited as I am?
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hooray! I occasionally go to the local Farmer's Market. They've got some good stuff especially this one guy who sells the best teriyaki chicken on a stick I've ever had, it's just delicious. The fresh fruit juices they sell are also quite good.

Anyway, their food is definitely superior to the crap I find at my dining hall. If you've never been to one I recommend you check it out.
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh yeah - we've moved closer now to one of the best in the area. they're all over here and a cool thing to do...
great people panoramas too!
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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These places are great for quality food. Nice fresh food at low prices.
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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We also just moved closer to one on the highway to greeley colorado. Great place for fresh veggies. Stick them on the BBQ.
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yay! I love going to the Farmer's Market. See ya there, Rubyee.
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Oddly enough Farmers Market in Union Square in NYC is incredible. Most the upscale restaurants and chefs go early and buy up the high quality produce.

i love going there.
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Very excited, we have one every Saturday in my town. It means fresh fruits and vegetables, not the garbage you find in the grocery stores.
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2004, 01:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Watch out for the old folks driving through them.

/fark reference
FARK? heck that happened just a few blocks from the LA office.
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Old 04-29-2004, 05:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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mmm, fresh veggies/fruit.
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Old 04-29-2004, 05:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Somebody beat me to the old folks plowing through the market in a honda joke. That was near here.. in Santa Monica.
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Old 04-29-2004, 05:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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It's not just the food and freshness thereof.. a lot of it is the community. There is really something about small-town atmosphere that just makes me all warm and fuzzy. Farmer's markets and county fairs stir up just such fuzziness.
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Old 04-29-2004, 06:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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We have them down here, all year long.....lots of fresh fruit and veggies...and lots of strange ones from Mexico...

Would you believe,---they are detasseling corn already....they will have it out of the field by around the 4th of July....

Four crops a year really keep these farmers busy..
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Old 04-29-2004, 06:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
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We have a farmer's market in my town too.
I was wondering, do the farmer's markets in your towns set the prices for the products. For example, there will be a set price for a dozen ears of corn that all vendors have to comply with. It just seems a little odd to me.
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Old 04-29-2004, 11:19 PM   #16 (permalink)
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We have Farmer's Markets all year round out here in Az as well; there's actually one 2 miles up the road that always has something out to buy.
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Old 04-30-2004, 04:31 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Somebody beat me to the old folks plowing through the market in a honda joke. That was near here.. in Santa Monica.
I think it has happened in several cities so far.
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Old 04-30-2004, 04:56 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I have never actually been myself to a farmer's market, but I think that the vendors set their own prices. We have quite a few in the area that we could go to- we are neighboring a huge metro area by about half a mile, so we have a couple here and a couple there. I will have to try them all!

There is something about the small town feel and the friendliness of a market.

It is also the feeling of pride that beams from all the vendors that makes it so nice to go to. They have pride in their crops and other fares, and they are excited to share them. I can't wait! Of course, I haven't experienced it myself, but I have seen enough of them being set up and taken down to recognize the excitement in their eyes.

All this over a farmer's market.
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Old 04-30-2004, 05:13 AM   #19 (permalink)
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We live only a few blocks from where the one in our town sets up. I don't know when they start up. I don't expect it for a while though. Most things aren't even able to be planted until now. Last week the temps were constantly going below 32 F so any spouts would have gotten frozen.

There's one fellow who sells his honey there. That's the best honey I've had in a long time. I'm just about out of the big jar I got last fall. (I'm the only one here at home who likes honey.) Can't wait to get a fresh jar.

Talking to these local folk connects you with the undertow of the town. You can find out lots of neat/useful information if you're willing to just take a moment to talk and listen. I love it.
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Old 04-30-2004, 05:40 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I live in a prime fruit- and vegetable-growing region, and we have four year-round farmer's markets within a few miles of where I live. And they're all on different days of the week, so you can always find one when you want one. I can walk to the closest.

Every one of them has got its own feel and culture. The one near me is very college-town, with lots of long-haired young- and old- people on bicycles buying organic veggies and running tables on saving the environment.

Another is very 'burb, with people in Lincoln Navigators and a pet adoption van from the SPCA, handicrafts, and live music.

The third market, in a largely Latino town, has got an interesting mix of fruits and veggies plus orchids and other plants which ag workers get to take home for free from local flower growers and then sell at the market for extra cash. Plus fresh tamales year round, oh yeah. And there are tables from labor unions, health clinics, social service agencies, and so on.

At least two of the farmer's markets are regulated, but not on price. There are rules on how early each vendor can start selling, so that people who get there early don't soak up all the sales. And I think that some markets divvy up who can sell what, so that there are only so many people selling tomatoes, so many people selling apples, and so on.
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