Farmer’s Market Pt. 2 – Redemption

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy...

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.

Here they come to snuff the rooster.

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.

Mission accomplished!

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…

-JC

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2 responses to “Farmer’s Market Pt. 2 – Redemption

  1. You should really check out the Eastern Market the next time you are in town on a Saturday! Matt and I went this weekend. Ridiculous amounts of vendors, fresh fruits, veggies, plants, herbs, cheeses, meats (not that this applies to you), baked goods… just awesome. (Plus, I got to pet a horse!! LOL!) Got a huge watermelon for $5, a bunch of bananas for $1, an a bushel (?) of radishes for $2. Matt got a pie for $5, a cactus for $5 and a hanging plant for $5. Plus I saw a dozen fresh sweet corn for $2, and an entire case (Like, 15 pints) of raspberries for $10. Yum! Plus, there’s always music and fun stuff going on. I love the eastern market. I’ve been telling Matt for years that I want to get a set of herb plants so I can just go directly to my mini garden for ingredients (mint, rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, chives, dill, etc.) but have had a hard time finding them, but the eastern market has them!! I didnt stop to see how much they were, but next time, I’m getting them! It truly, truly makes me happy to know that something I cook was made with fresh items. Can’t wait until our next eastern market trip 🙂 Your pineapple tomato with breadcrumbs and cheese sounds incredible… I think you should teach me how to make it 🙂

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    • That sounds awesome, I will have to do that. Is that completely indoors, or do sections of it close down for the summer? I too have always wanted a fresh herb garden to make spices, but I have about as much space to plant here in Lansing as Ryan Reynolds in Alive. There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction in preparing meals made out of your own spoils. Today’s post kind of touches on that, albeit in a non-vism way.

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