LocalHarvest Newsletter, July 26, 2012
photo by Belmont Farmers' Market
Welcome back to the LocalHarvest newsletter.
It's farmers market season, and while many of you are already experienced farmers market shoppers, we sometimes hear from people who find the whole idea a little intimidating. This month we're sharing our best ideas for how to get the most out of a trip to your local farmers market.
1. Go prepared.
Other things to bring include a handful of the plastic bags you have lying around your kitchen and a shopping bag. If you're going to be out for a while, you may also want to bring a cooler so that your heat-sensitive veggies do not wilt on the ride home.
2. Talk to the farmers!
Other aspects of etiquette include remembering that this produce (or meat, flowers, honey, etc.) represents the fruit of many hours of labor, most likely performed by the person standing before you. Your utmost respect is required, even if the quality is not pristine. You don't have to buy it, but don't make faces or negative comments.
If you are looking for organic produce but don't see a sign saying that it is certified organic, you might want to ask about whether it is conventionally raised, or what they use for fertility and pest control. It can be a sensitive topic, so tread lightly.
In most areas I've visited, the price is the price, but in some places haggling is acceptable. If you want to try it, ask first. "Are you open to talking about the price on those?" vs. "I'll give you $1 for three; they're not very big."
If you want a large quantity of an item, you may want to arrange ahead of time for the farmer to bring you a lug of "#2s"-for example, apples that have imperfections you may not mind cutting away if you are making sauce, for example.
3. Pick a strategy.
4. Become a familiar face.
5. Talk it up.
Do you have other farmers market shopping tips you'd like to share? We want to hear them!
Until next time, take good care and eat well.
From the LocalHarvest Store:
The lavender harvest is in full swing, so now is the perfect time to
order this year's crop.
One of the most popular of all herbs, lavender is known for its
calming, relaxing, and antiseptic properties. We love having it around the
house just for its heady fragrance. Get yours today. Want to make your summer
salads even more nutritious? Sprinkle on some freshly ground
organic flax seed,
and get your Omega-3s along with your greens!
CSAware makes running a CSA a whole lot easier. Love to try it, but think your shareholders will object? One of our farms recently polled its members about the online ordering experience with CSAware: 96% of their respondents said they had a good experience!
If you'd like an online tour, let us know.
Food From the Farm: Green Bean and Mint Salad
A CSA shareholder from Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, MA, named Kara Kennedy shared this recipe with her CSA, and they passed it along to us to share with you!Recipe...