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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Our Farmer's Market

I don't think I have ever mentioned our farmer's market. No, not the little farmer's stands. You see, they buy from the BIG farmer's market. Ours is the South Carolina State Farmer's Market. This place has covered sheds that you can go to later in the day but to get the best prices you have to go, first thing in the morning, to the big buildings where the farmers sell at wholesale prices. The wholesale hours are from 6am to 9am. Here is what we bought this time. ~ Pineapple, box of 8, $10 ($1.25 each) ~flat of purple, seedless grapes, $22 ($1.05/pound) ~ oranges, bushel, 63 in box, $18(.19 per orange) ~gala apples, bushel, 41.4 pounds, $18 (.43/ pound) ~bananas, bushel, 42.4 pounds, $10 (.23/ pound) ~bushel of kale, 24 bunches, $10, 14.4 pounds (.71/ pound) ~box of 14 mangos, $8 (.55 each) We have been enjoying all the fruit we want with lots in the fridge and freezer. We kept some out fresh then the apples went in the fridge. I froze most of the pineapple, grapes, oranges, bananas and kale. We use these a lot in our green smoothies. There was a lot of washing, peeling and chopping going on for a few days! The next time we go I want to buy carrots, potatoes, cabbage and onion. Hmm......and maybe celery....and maybe more kale. I should have grown kale this year but didn't. Currently I could buy potatoes in a bag for $12, $14, $16 or $28 a 50 pound bag, depending on what kind you get. Carrots would be $14 for 50 pounds. Celery is 2 1/2 dozen for $25. Cabbage is $12 a box. Fifty pounds of yellow onions are $16! The only cheaper way to have this is to grow it. So, see what kind of farmer's market you have. You could have big savings! If you are interested in seeing a video of "our" farmer's market, you can go to Youtube. Look up Phyllis Stokes. On her channel, search for "farmer's market". She has a few videos on it. Search out your state for one. :)

1 comment:

Cozy Seaside Homemaker said...

Wow, we don't have anything like that here that I know of. My grandparents lived in Ohio and the food was like what you described. Big and plentiful! No one ever ran out of food! My grandfather's wife grew up on a farm with many farmhands and they would cook huge lunches (dinners) for them noodles, fruit, cornbread, etc.