Sunday, March 01, 2009

After the last of the garden was pulled up in fall and the CSA subscription was put on hold in November, this how the counter has looked for the last couple of months. It felt like time to add a little color.
We have decided not to renew our CSA subscription this spring. While we enjoyed the weekly box contents last year, we felt a little stifled by some of the produce that showed up week after week. We are fortunate to live where each community hosts a weekly Farmer's Market - some large and others with only a handful of stands. Hubby and I decided to visit one of the larger markets in a neighboring city yesterday. We came home with a bag filled to the top.
The tomatoes were most likely grown in a hot house, but they were grown right here where we live. Where else can you buy dandelion greens at 2 bunches for a dollar? I was so disappointed last week while in the big chain market near my home. Nearly every item in the produce department was labeled as a product of another country. Except for a small bunch of cilantro, I left it all there. It makes me happy to know that by shopping at our local mid-week Farmer's Market and the Saturday market a couple of miles down the road along with our own backyard garden, we should be able to have local produce most of the year.
Only Harper is a little saddened by this plan.
Some of her favorite spots to lounge are soon to be filled with seeds and new plantings. She'll adjust . . . . it happens every year.

17 comments:

ROZ said...

It all looks so delicious. Your dog so reminds me of our old dog, Rufus. He was such a good doggy.

KCQuilter said...

I am such a fan of the local farmers markets and cannot wait till ours spring up again--it'll be a while, darn it. We were just discussing strawberries this morning. They'll come in in May--long wait. Most likely we'll be buying some California strawberries before that.

Candace said...

We store our onions, squash and potatoes the same way, Libby - in antique wooden bowls on the counter! They look so gorgeous! Mr. Squash and I were just talking today about how we can't wait to be so close to loads of local farmers and orchardists at the Squash House and all our plans for canning, etc with the great fruit and produce! We feel the same way at this time of year - fruit and produce from other countries just doesn't do it for us and we would rather go without sometimes!
Cheers!

Juliann in WA said...

My sister found a CSA that was good about not overwhelming you and I am thinking about trying to share one with our daughter who lives close by. We don't have quite the farmer's markets that you probably do. I also hope to do some of our own growing this summer - if it ever gets here!

paula, the quilter said...

I can't wait for the Farmer's Markets to get going around here, but it will be a while. CarGuy and I spent part of the day rototilling a bit of the lawn that died out, adding compost as we did. Then we put a bit of grass seed down with peat moss on top. Watered well to keep everything there. We want to do very little lawn, but that happened to be a patch that we wanted to keep. Go figure.

Quilts And Pieces said...

She is just sooo cute! Your veggies look sooo good. Nothing close to fresh around the midwest this time of year.

Dixie said...

Yay, you are eating locally grown produce and it looks so delish! We try to go to our local farmer's market every Sunday. Its under a freeway of all places - I always chuckle at the irony of that. We love chatting it up with the produce sellers and getting to know them. My personal favorite is Mr. Bariani, the olive oil man, who counts back our change in Italian...

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

A definite win-win... except for Harper, poor puppy. ;)

Perry said...

I need to make use of our Farmer's Market. It isn't close, but seeing what you obtained makes me think it would be worth it. You are right about everything in the grocery store being from other than the USA...shameful, isn't it.

Carol said...

Nothing better than locally grown produce...we've been having the BEST strawberries...all grown right here...

Screen Door said...

Beautiful veges... Hugs to Harper...

yellowfarmhouse said...

Nothing like fresh produce - we aren't so lucky around here right now - but it' a treat when it comes around. Harper is such a cutie :)

Hugs - Karen

Cathi said...

The closest farmer's market to us is 30 minutes away. Actually there is one in our little town but they are open only 2 days a week and it is during work hours so I can't get there. We do have a little garden so Dear Hubby can have his fresh tomato sandwiches in the summer.

Judy said...

I like our local market for getting the best produce~!

Quilt Hollow said...

Fresh produce is such a treat! Unfortunately the produce here isn't all that and I have to wait for summer for the good stuff....we have snow on the ground today. :-) Not likely, gardening weather. I'm envious of your weather!

Catherine said...

A high of 76 sounds heavenly to me. We're dealing with wind chills of -25 at this point.
I can't wait for our farmers' markets to start, but it will be a few months yet. Produce right now is all trucked for miles and miles and has no flavour.

Andrea said...

The farmer's market it such a good thing!

The quilt in your banner is fabulous!!! Wow!