Friday, March 15, 2013

Farmer's Market for Local Produce

I love my local Farmer's Market!  I save a bunch of money, support my local economy and save fossil-fuels.

Did you know that each ingredient (conventional or pre-packaged) "on your table" has traveled an average of 1,500 miles?!?  When I shot at the Farmer's Market the food has come a few hundred miles.  I am fortunate to live in a warm climate.  It has been unusually cold the last 2 weeks but our highs have been in the 70s and our lows in the 50s.

No snow!

This is the back side of the entrance. Bright wagons!
Remember the book review invite?  This is definitely reminding me WHY I grow my own food and how important it is to shop local and use the Farmer's Market.  I still have 1 or 2 spots available if you are interested in joining the discussion of the book.  Participants will be announced on Monday along with book details.
Farmer's Market booty and a nosy kitty!
Now for the price comparison:
I didn't write it down so I'm only listing the price I remember.
FM=Farmer's Market        GS=Grocery Store

FM- $.80 per pound!!!   GS $3.99 per pound

Red Onions:
FM $.80 per pound    GS  $1.99 per pound

FM $1 per head    GS $1.99 each

Red Potatoes
FM $1 per pound   GS $2.50 per pound

These are just a few example of what I purchased and how much I saved, PLUS most of the items are locally grown!
Fresh Veggies!

Last but certainly not least, there are currently 2 heirloom seeds giveaways going on at the moment.

The Self-Sufficient HomeAcre and Black Fox Homestead have teamed up for a fantastic giveaway!

Simply Living, a contributor for Modern Homesteaders, just announced their "Name That Homestead" New Beginnings for Spring package.

I'll announce ANOTHER on Monday!!!

Join me as I party at Farmgirl Friday ,  LHITS , Wildcrafting Wednesday and   HERE.


retired not tired said...

I love farmers' markets however we only get them in the summer. Boo-hoo!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

That's quite a savings, plus fresh!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

LOVE Farmer's Markets!! Ours have started up again I think! Can't wait to get started going again! Happy Friday!

bettyl said...

Fresh veggies are always so much yummier! We have some stands on the side of the road here in New Zealand sometimes.

Ladies Holiday said...

Glad your spreading the shop local word! THanks for sharing on the Photo Friday Blog Hop- yummy looking produce :) We hope to see you next week!

Clint Baker said...

Such a great savings! Thats where we go when we don't have it in our garden.

Raising Reagan said...

That is definitely one thing I miss about living in Pa ... there were so many farmers markets so close to us. Unfortunately where we live now there isn't any very close at all so all my savings would be drowned by the gas to get there. Boo :(

Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

I need to make a point to go to farmers markets this summer. THanks for the great post!

Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

mail4rosey said...

I have never thought about the miles on a product, but you're right, the majority of them must have a ton. Yet another reason to support local farmers when shopping.

Becca Acker said...

Didn't realize Farmer's Markets were known for such low prices! And so much healthier, too. :)
Btw, jealous of the NO SNOW! And thanks for linking-up each week at A Humble Bumble :)

Angelique Tower said...

Thanks for linking this wonderful post up to my “Themed Blog & Shop Hop!”

Lisa Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see your next project tomorrow at:

Michelle Ordever said...

I love farmer's markets. We have one a couple of miles down the road and we love to go there and buy our fruit and veg. They even allow you to pick your own!

Thank you for sharing this at Cook, Craft, Create! at The Purple Pumpkin Blog.

Look forward to seeing what you link up next!

Happy Wednesday :D
Michelle xx