Saturday, May 29, 2010

Shopping Locally at the Durham Farmers' Market

Boy oh boy, did we hit the jack-pot. It is amazing what a little planning and a fantastic cookbook can do to help a beginner navigate the Farmers' Market.

On this week's menu:
  • Summer Pesto Pizza
  • Tofu Stir-fry
  • Brushetta
  • Green Enchiladas
  • Kohlrabi with Peas and Potatoes
  • Sausage Asparagus Skillet
We spent $55 and got at least half of our grocery shopping done at the Durham Farmers' Market. We could have gotten more (like eggs, bread, yogurt, and additional cheeses) but Adrian's arms were reaching their maximum carrying capacity (bulk, not weight... my husband's manly, after all).

Considering that $10 dollars of that was for intoxicating soaps, I think we even did decent financially. (And let's not talk about our tendency to purchase expensively delicious cheeses.)

How about you? What foods do you try to purchase locally? Do you have any secrets for serving healthy foods on the cheap?

(Bottom photos taken by Linus while browsing at the market.)

This post is crossposted over at Triangle Mamas, where moms dish about all things local.

No compensation of any kind was provided for the mentions or links. It's just good local stuff.


Elly said...

Is all that produce coming from local farms?? I can't believe you've got tomatoes already! We don't see tomatoes until probably late July. Carrots even later. Our CSA share doesn't start until about 2 weeks from now, and then it will be mostly greens. Maybe onions if we're lucky. Eating locally is tough in a cold climate, that's for sure! :)

Printable Coupons said...

I went to Durham Farmers' Market once when I visited some family. I loved it! Wish one was by me

@sweetbabboo said...

Yes, Elly, it's all from local farms. North Carolina definitely is on the early end of the crop spectrum. We've already wrapped up strawberry season. I was thrilled to find peaches and saw that the first of the blueberries were arriving. I'll bet it's hard in colder climates. Our Farmers' Market has so much coming in that they've had Wednesday evening hours for the past month. All throughout May, I'd get strawberries on Saturday and then again on Wednesday. It was awesome.