Farmers Markets: Not All Peaches are Created Equal

farmers marketsEvery week, from April through early December, I visit the farmers market at Pepper Place. This is like a pilgrimage to a place where strawberries, peaches, cauliflower, lettuces, and flowers are competing for my attention.

Not everything is peachy, though, and it is sad to note that prices throughout farmers markets in America are anything but economical. Why is it that we have to pay more for healthy food?

Farmers Markets Connect Consumers to Local Food Growers

We all agree that nothing is better than getting fresh produce from vendors at local farmers markets. I want to be able to get the fresh produce, preferably organically grown vegetables and fruits, but, like so many other enthusiasts, I cannot afford the price tag.

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 8.16.32 PMFarmers are able sell their produce directly to the public, bypassing a lot of middlemen, and customers are willing to pay a little more. How much more are customers willing to pay, though? Affordability is an important aspect for every shopper. We should be able to get a better deal on fresh, high-quality produce as farmers are selling directly to customers, allowing them to retain every dollar.

So why is it that prices at farmers markets are more expensive than those we see at grocery stores? While I have no conclusive answer to the question, I believe that it is all about the quality. It is important to keep in mind that the produce you find at farmers markets is very fresh and lasts longer than what you can buy in a grocery store. Last but not least, freshness and quality contribute to better tasting fruits and vegetables.

Ideally, I will have my own garden one day. In the meantime, it’s all about the home-grown, and I can’t get that in the stores.

Forty-Nine Less Rainbows in the Sky—Love Is All We Need

“If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.” ~W.H. Auden

LoveIt is with a heavy heart that I am writing this post today. This weekend has brought tragic news to my home away from home. First came the sad news of the killing of the Voice singer Christina Grimmie, and next I wake up to hear about the horrific shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

Words cannot describe how I feel. My feelings however, are nothing, absolutely nothing, compared to what the families and friends of the victims are going through. The people of Orlando have my deepest sympathy as their city is hurting. I have family and friends in the LGBT community. An attack on them is an attack on those I love. It has to stop!

And, give me a break, a call for more arms is as irresponsible as what some of our elected officials are putting out today. How is it possible that Dan Patrick, Lt. Gov. of Texas, tweets Galatians 6.7? (“Don’t be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”) The tweet was deleted later, but that does not mean anything. Words hurt. Words kill.

I really prefer to focus on the good, on the helpers. A big thank you to all who answered the call for blood donations, to those who brought water, food, and sunscreen to the donors in line. To the law enforcement teams who have seen such unspeakable horror. To everybody who goes out of their way to give back to the community. May love, light, and hope shine upon all of us.

Love and peace for all of humanity should be a major concern to us. A concern as important as our daily bread and water. A concern that is not based on nationality or religion. It is doable, but we need to want it. I want it. I am not an idealist, and I know it is not easy, but I also know that I do not want to live in a world where we kill each other.

I started the post with a quote, and I want to end with one. “Life is best when you build bridges between people, not walls.” ~Muhammad Ali