Broccoli bought at the market (top) compared to broccoli shipped across the country to a local store.
This week, our market manager, Rachael, posted a photo of two stalks of broccoli on Facebook. One was purchased at the market Saturday, the other was purchased from a local store purporting to specialize in fresh produce. The visual difference was stark. The market stalk was full, green, and beautiful. The store stalk was meager and dried out looking. None of which is to say each stalk did not start out fresh, but traveling a thousand miles rather than 30 miles takes its toll – on freshness and on nutrients.
Here in the Denver area, local fresh produce is very limited. A couple of the area farmers markets are doing online orders and curbside pickup during the winter, but most of what they offer is processed food. There is no broccoli, which is one of my favorite veggies so I l buy mine at a nearby national chain grocery store, which actually calls itself a farmers market, but it isn’t. The broccoli looks OK, but when you pick it up it is limp, LIMP! I shouldn’t complain because I’m glad to get it, but it reminds me once again how fortunate southwest Missouri is to have winter markets with top quality, perfectly fresh local produce. Believe me, folks, it’s a luxury most of the country doesn’t enjoy.,
Braker Berry Farm – spinach, sweet potato, cabbage, butternut squash, carrots, lettuce…
Misty Morning Farms – broccoli, winter squash, beef
OakWoods Farm – chili seasonings, microgreens, salad mix, radishes…
Garrett Family Farm – pork and chicken
Sunny Lane Farm – grass-fed beef, all-natural chicken, lamb, and pork
Clear Water Shrimp Farm – you guessed it, farm-raised shrimp
Harvest Hill – eggs
Harmony Hill Farm – breakfast of biscuits and gravy, plus egg cooked-to-order, all to-go, country breads, cinnamon rolls…
Redings Mill Bread Co. – chocolates, artisan breads…
OTHER GREAT FOOD:
Fairhaven Farm – pecans, jelly, jams, sweets
Helm Family Farm – honey and honey products
Juniper Coffee – house syrup, freshly roasted coffee beans, pour-overs and coffee drinks
MO Mushrooms – LionCakes (made from mushrooms but taste like crab cakes!), dried mushrooms, fresh mushrooms
DnD Smoked – smoked spices and seasonings
Good Golly Tamales – frozen tamales from mild to HOT!
Plus 2Ts Soap & Stuff – incense sticks, soaps, lotions…