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Mar 17, 2011 12:40 PM

I love good produce

Look at this beautiful head of red leaf lettuce I just got. It’s even red at the core. I got it at our local organic food co-op store. This place has the turn over to keep all of its produce fresh. Isn’t that what’s it’s all about? People have to buy the stuff, right. I buy organic produce because it taste better. Yes, it cost more, but I think it’s worth it. I made a salad from this and some other produce that’s incredible. Where do you buy your produce?

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  1. The difference in freshness between the FM and grocery store is amazing. The greens attached to store bought beets aren't worth eating, the ones on the FM beets a wonderful treat. I buy as much as I can at the Farmers' Market on Tuesdays that's three blocks from my house. Over the past couple of weeks I've bought rainbow chard, cauliflower, broccollini, avocados, green and purple spring onions, parsley, golden beets, arugula, pears, apples, garlic scallions, spinach, and a wonderful hot samosa filled with potatoes and peas with a lovely tomato chutney on the side. I buy organic potatoes at the local market and organic salad greens and arugula at Trader Joe's.

    1. Not everyone has access to a farmers' market in March! When the weather turns a bit, I will and I love to shop there. However, in general, like Whole Foods produce..

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      1. re: sueatmo

        Believe me, I know how lucky I am to have the FM year round almost at my doorstep.

        1. re: escondido123

          I'm guessing Escondido, right?

          Yes, while I miss a lot of what's available in Tennessee in the summer, I'm loving having year-around FMs here in LA County. We have three in Pasadena now, and the one I'm going to today in South Pas; every so often I'll be in some other area city and there's Main Street blocked off and produce everywhere. Which is one reason I got a thermoelectric cooler to carry around in the wagon!

          1. re: Will Owen

            Yes, Escondido. San Diego County has done a great job of making sure FMs are in virtually every city or major neighborhood. There are 2 others within 15 minutes by car, both on other days of the week, but I so love walking to mine I rarely go elsewhere.

          2. re: escondido123

            You are the luck one. I would kill to have access to a FM right now. Your list looks like mine would if I lived there. We are still in the winter veggie mode…right. I grow my own potatoes and they rock, just taste like organic ones. Have you tried Syracuse salt boiled potatoes? 32 oz of salt to 2 quarts of water, and as much Yukon potatoes you can fit in that water. A whole new level to potatoes.

        2. We try to buy as much as we can at the Farmer's Market year-round. We live in Southern California so it is pretty easy. Our Whole Foods sources a lot of food within the state so we go there for produce generally if we can't make it to the market.

          1. Where do you buy your produce?
            wherever i find good product - and preferably good prices. farmers' markets, Santa Monica co-op, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Costco, Mitsuwa...

            but sueatmo is right - not everyone is so fortunate.

            1. I like your post, Woodfireguy! I've been growing some of my own greens...arugula, dandelion and now mustard greens. At work, co-worker sends us a list of organic locally grown vegetables every Monday...we order (most items are $2!!!!) and then she brings it to us on driving involved!...the stuff is fabulous in FL, we'll only have that until May when the weather turns too hot and wet for most items to grow in abundance. I also have FM nearby on Saturday for buying lemons, avocado and some other things not usually on the list at work.

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              1. re: Val

                Hello Val. “Home grown is all right with me” Niel Young had it right with that one. I’m working on planting my garden. I have some tomatoe seeds from last year that I loved. They’re called Applause VFFA. Ever heard of them?

                1. re: Woodfireguy

                  No...though I am also growing tomatoes, I just grab a few plants at Home Depot that look good to me, so it's hit or miss right now with the tomatoes. But I know some folks at work who grow theirs from seed...I need to try that next, I think!

                  1. re: Val

                    Got it. Here’s what you do. Next time you grow some tomatoes that you like. Scrap some of the insides. (The part with the seeds) on to a paper towel. Let them dry out on the counter and put them in a zip lock for next year. That’s it, you now have seeds for your second-generation tomatoes in next years garden.