Saturday, July 14, 2012
Despite the drought
I've been picking tomatoes like crazy this past week! It feels early to me, but I'm no good at keeping track of things like that! (Unlike my grandpa who kept super detailed logs of when everything was planted, when it was picked, how many quarts or pints were canned, etc. How did he find time to do all that?) I have so many I'm going to make gazpacho today! I got a nice french baguette at the farmers market this morning. I also got a couple cukes and a red pepper. I'm assuming the cucumbers were homegrown - they looked like it, but when I asked about the pepper he said he bought them. i'd already given him the money so I couldn't back out, but I find myself getting more and more disillusioned with the farmers market. If I wanted to buy a non-homegrown pepper, I could just go to Kroger and pay way less. I suppose it's my job to ask the questions, so it's my own fault. The 2nd street market does require the vendors to list where their produce was grown now, but not all of them post signs. Sometimes I feel like the vendors are just laughing and saying "those dupes will buy anything if it's at a farmer's market!" as they're buying boxes of lettuce from the same distributors that pull up to the big grocery stores!