Friday, August 12, 2011

Farmer's Market: What a Haul!

I just got back from my local Farmer's Market, and it was just as exciting as it ever was! Look at all the goodness I got:

We have here:

7 ears of bicolor sweet corn
5 big, juicy, organic peaches
7 sweet donut peaches (way to have your healthy donuts!)
2 heaping pints of sun-ripened strawberries
1 heaping pint of blueberries
a generous 4 pounds of crunchy apples (picked yesterday)
1/2 pound of purple "green" beans (which will be featured on my blog! New food for me.)
1 honeydew melon
1 very large cantaloupe
1 red seedless watermelon
10 juicy, sweet plums
a pound of tricolor fingerling potatoes (red, yellow, purple)
3 big zucchinis
a pound of little carrots with greens attached
a large bunch of beets with the greens (my favorite part!)
a bag of tricolor sweet baby tomatoes (red, yellow, purple "chocolate" tomatoes)
a gorgeous bunch of fresh basil

Lots of food for my family for the coming week! We have already been eating the berries, peaches, and plums and I plan to have tomatoes with basil in a salad for lunch and tomorrow will make a roast with boiled fingerling potatoes and yellow beans from my neighbor's garden for dinner.

I spent $52 on the food listed and pictured above. Excluding the basil, which cost $2 and weighs just a few ounces, there is 42 pounds of food on the table. So aside from the basil, I paid $50 for 42 pounds of food, which comes to $1.19/pound. I think that is pretty darn good for food that was all grown locally, much of it organic, almost all of it farmed without any pesticides or other sprays, and most of it picked yesterday. My family is much healthier for it! It makes me happy to see the kids chowing down on apples, plums, and carrots rather than processed junk.

And now I am off to cut up that cantaloupe!


Princess Dieter said...

Donut/Saturn peaches rank in my top five fruits. A LOVE their perfume and flavor and the shape makes them easier to eat than round peaches. So wonderful. Had one just now.

Great haul. Healthy stuff is beeeeyoootiful, is it not?

violinista said...

I just finished a 10 mi. run (a first for me) and decided to stop at my grocery store on the way back home. I also loaded up on lots of veggies and fruits, although not all were locally grown, unfortunately, but STILL--it does feel amazing to eat healthy, plus they're so pretty to look at and know they're about to nourish your body!!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Nice haul, but spend that two bucks on a basil plant. It's incredibly easy to grow and very useful when cooking, esp when tomatoes are ripe!

timothy said...

fabulous, what a vibrant healthy spread. you did good! xoxoxoxo

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Anonymous said...

Awww, that looks amazing. I agree. That is a reasonable price for all that good looks so yummy.

Anonymous said...

That is beautiful. Beverly

Marigny said...

Wow! I wish we had a good farmers market here!! What a great haul!!


Anonymous said...

I'm salivating. Wow, you have one lucky family this week to be indulging in all that deliciousness!

Yvette said...

What a beautiful sight! And isn't it fun to just take your time and walk around the market just thinking about what you'll make? :) Yummy!

Karen said...

That looks AWESOME!!! You are doing great selecting healthy stuff for you and your family!!!