Okay, this isn’t exactly true. In fact, I am purposely misleading you because I love the East Lansing Farmer’s Market and I don’t want you going near it. As you can see, it’s already fairly popular, so don’t box me in, baby.
What I love most about this market is its transparency. At their website, long before you set foot in Valley Court Park, they have a list compiled of all of their vendors, authenticating their local-ness and also providing interesting information about each.
Today’s goal was to make up for yesterday’s shortsightedness and try to minimize using plastic bags as much as possible. Some I could not avoid, as packaging raspberries and a pound of broccoli requires a little more compartmentalizing then the other items. I am happy to report that despite mostly relying on plastic bags, some of the vendors did utilize paper.
There were plenty of vendors with a better variety than yesterday’s market, yet I saw more tomatoes then just about anything. I’m also on the lookout for something strange and foreign, so my pickup for the day was the pineapple heirloom tomato. I thought this was costly at first until I baked it in slices, encrusted with Parmesan and bread crumbs and discovered that it was entire meal all by itself.
Today’s purchases were as follows:
- Broccoli (less than a pound, $1.30)
- Carrots (1 bushel, $2.00)
- Pineapple heirloom tomato (QTY – 1, $2.00)
- Roasted red pepper chevre cheese (the very same that can be found at the world-famous MSU Dairy Store, 4 oz , $4.00)
- Raspberries (1 qt. $6.00)
- El Azteco chips and salsa (big paper bag of chips, 4 oz of salsa, $2.00)
- El Azteco torilla wraps (one dozen, $1.00)
- Biggby grande Butter Bear (damn near $5.00, holy crap)
- Grand total = $23.30
I’m still not sure how these prices stand in comparison to other produce vendors, but it seems pretty reasonable, except for probably the Butter Bear. Ouch. The steal of the day, without question, was the El Azteco chips, salsa and tortillas for $3.00. That’s just loco!
This week will be interesting, since now I have to try and eat all of this before it all spoils. I wonder if waterboarding would be a more pleasant alternative…