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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More on organic foods and farmers' markets

This morning I received notice of a comment from Steve, regarding an entry from a couple of days ago about buying organic produce from farmers' markets. Since most folks don't go back to a post to read additional comments they might have missed, and because I believe in this subject so passionately, I am including it in today's post.

Steve has left a new comment on your post "Heat Wave!":

A big difference between Farmer's market and Co-op produce and produce from many of the grocery stores, Costco, Whole Foods and even Trader Joes is how they pick it. Farmers that sell direct to customers or even direct to small stores like Co-op's pick the produce when it's ripe. Most of the produce on the supermarket shelves (even organic produce at places like Whole Foods) is picked early and "scheduled" to ripen in coolers, the back of the truck and in the store. This process takes away from the taste but adds to the shelf life. Also, if your concerned about the price buy smaller fruit and veggies. An organic apple has 10-30% more nutrients than a conventional apple and many times the apples are smaller. Smaller fruit also have less water so they have more flavor. Taste the difference between a small zuke or yellow squash and a large overgrown one and you will be sold.

Steve has spent his career working in the organic food industry, and has visited many farms, ranches, etc., so he knows this subject and has seen the good and the bad when it comes to food production, marketing, and business practices.

Another hot day coming up but I can't just stay in my apartment all day long. Ara leaves for college in PA tomorrow, so I will try to get over to Jeannie's and spend some time with my all-grown-up granddaughter.

That's it for now, but I may be back later.


  1. Thanks for the tips! Have a good visit with your granddaughter!

  2. Thanks Gypsy, I can always count on learning something from your blog. Hope the weather breaks soon for you..

  3. We are in Amish country here in Indiana and I'm going broke with all the wonderful fresh produce and breads, and noodles, and jams and whatever. It is all so wonderful. Everything is so fresh and tastes so good. Good info from Steve. Thanks.

  4. I wonder if they have organic Fudge.

  5. I'm also in Northern IN, and picking up a lot of veggies and fruits. I love this area around the Amish, they know how it's SUPPOSE to work. yummy

  6. We just ended 26 days in a row of 100+ degree temperatures here in West Texas. It has been brutal and relentless. It was a record breaker big time for us. A cold front blew in and dropped the temps from the triple digits and dropped a couple inches of rain which had not seen in a long time. It was simply GREAT!

    Stay cool!

  7. I know what you are saying... with all those chemicals and hormone enhanced animals that we buy at the grocery store, it's a small wonder we are suffering from ghastly diseases and long term health problems. LOVE the farmer's markets and roadside stands. Yesterday I ate the first tomato off my own plants for the season. Biting into the crunch of the skin, still warm from the sun. Shake on a little salt and eat it like an apple! Oh JOY!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard