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How much at the market was grown local?
Friends who live in non-drought states with lower real estates taxes tell me they pay less at their farmers markets than we do.
We can buy one tomato plant for the price (or lower) of one beefsteak tomato at the farmers market. We can also grow what are called patio tomatoes and cherry or grape tomatoes in containers on balconies or patios. Ditto for peppers, although the containers for bell peppers need to be larger than than a pot for a normal houseplant. Basil, tarragon, chives, thyme and rosemary are really easy to grow in pots on a balcony or patio. All you have to do is keep them watered, have some sunlight and they're happy.
Fiberglass pots work just fine and are cheaper, last longer and lighter weight than the clay pots. It does help if you can store them over the winter in a store room or a friend's garage so they don't crack.
She looks proud of those mushrooms as she should be. I bet it was a lot of fun growing them, too.
I wish it wasn't so expensive to shop at the farmer's market. People watching their budgets have a hard time affording food like this.
Those photos barley scratch the surface. It was one of the largest market openings I have seen. This photo piece with word regurgitations does not do it justice.
There are two attitudes that predominate business.
1) The pie is only so big and every new person cuts into my piece.
2) The easier it is for more people to come to the table with what they can offer builds a bigger Pie
Unfortunately way too much of the first attitude listed going around. So to all of you in the large business community how about giving us kids a break, or god forbid go the distance to help us.
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