Friday, May 12, 2006

Foodie Friday

The joys of fresh produce in New Jersey

Summer is coming…….The fresh produce stands are opening up like crazy around here. People coming down to the shore for the weekend are looking forward to their sunburned drive home to buy their Jersey corn, tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, and peaches.

Gah, I love this time of year. We buy all our produce from the stands and there are about 8 to chose from in my immediate area. There is even an organic (the word is organic, not orgasmic-minds out of the gutter) stand about 15 minutes away that I go to also.

I try to buy all my eggs from roadside places too-yeah-honor system with a teensy refridgerator outside for you to get them from. Much fresher, yolks are much more orangy, still have feathers on them, but, when I use them, I crack each one open individually in a separate bowl because sometimes there is a little blood in the yolk and that is just ick.

I have decided that from now til Fall, we will buy all our produce locally. The price isn’t really much more, considering how darn fresh it all is and the fact that the cukes don’t have wax on them, nor do the apples, etc. The organic farm is a little more pricey and the produce is smaller, but always good and they always have some hybrid they decided to try.

The list of locally grown items is:

Asparagus
Yellow Squash
Zucchini
Baby red potatoes
White corn
Tomatoes
Romaine and other lettuce varieties
Radishes
Carrots
Green beans
Onions
Peppers (bell and hot)
Eggplant
Scallions
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cucumbers

Peaches
Nectarines
Apples
Blueberries
Strawberries
Melons
Plums

Now granted, they all aren’t in season at the same time, but the overlap is good. So the Mom & Pop stands, as well as the bigger independent farm stands better look out, cause here I come.

4 comments:

Kari said...

Love this time of year. Hooping to check out our local farmer's market soon! Longing for the day when we have our own place and I can grow my own.

DixieRedHead said...

I love this time of year too! The farmers markets are wonderful for fresh fruits and veggies. I love that you can get them locally, not covered in wax, and raised in a foreign land and picked by someone who is infected with who knows what. ACK. I'm growing tomatoes and herbs only this year.

ThreeOliveMartini said...

i am all about some farmers markets !

Jewels said...

mmmm, now THAT is real food!!

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