Buckeye Farms to the vendor lineup since I was last there. I saw someone's photo last week on the Facebook page for SPI Farmer's Market and I was thrilled to see some grass-fed meat product being sold. I used to buy pasture grazed beef and bison at the Farmer's Market in Austin so I was eager to try it out. I got 2 nice size Cornish Game Hens and that took most of the "over $20" part of my budget! If it is as good as it looks, it will be worth every penny.
Acacia Farm's booth next because I knew they would have what I wanted. There I picked up some scalloped squash, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, a big bunch of fragrant basil, and some sweet baby carrots. I love their produce and am always happy with whatever I get from them. I wish I gotten some corn and a melon...but I made myself stop!
Rivers Edge Nursery & Farm tables. They had stuff I'd never seen before! I sampled a piece of Dragon Fruit, and then bought a piece to take home...and I also picked up a Star Fruit and a completely unknown item called a Sugar Apple. They told me to let it ripen up a bit and then cut it in half, scoop out the inside and "suck around the seeds". It sounded like a lot of work...but I've found that the ugliest fruit is sometimes most delicious. Central Market in Austin has a wide variety of odd fruits so I got into the habit of trying unusual items there. I would never have bought the Dragon Fruit had I not tried it...and once it was cut, I realized I'd seen it before - just hadn't known what it was! Here's a bit of a closeup of those stranger fruits - the pink one is the Dragon, the middle is the Star (really fairly common now), and the green bumpy thing is the Sugar Apple.
A group of four ladies were coming in as I made my way back to my car and they asked me what I got - so I was showing them my bag, weighing my arm down. They asked, hopefully, are the prices good? I had to say "no, it's not really about cheap prices - considering the quality, however, it is money well spent - you know where the products came from and you can see the people who grew them - it's worth the price."
My Mom is the same way - she thinks Farmer's Markets should be the cheapest place to get veggies. I told her she could likely get most of it cheaper at her HEB but the quality and freshness would not be even remotely comparable. I don't mind paying a bit more for good quality food. Local farmers are America's true gold and if we don't support them - they can't keep doing what they are doing!
SPI FLIP FLOP FOODIE RATING:
5 – OMG – that was outstanding! I can’t wait to go back :-)