I’ve said this before, but at the Carrboro farmer’s market the early bird really does get the cream of the crop. In this case, I got some lovely oyster mushrooms today. I think in order to get mushrooms you have to be truly among the first wave of people, which today I was, because I have to work at noon today instead of my usual 5pm shift on Saturdays and I wanted to make sure I would have time to go to the market, eat, write this and get ready for work all before 11am.
Here’s what I got:
This weeks veggies! Mushrooms as the highlight!
Mushrooms and long peppers: $5.00 (the mushrooms were 4 so those peppers were like $0.25 a piece!)
Three big tomatoes (all different types): $4.55
1/2 lb of table grapes: $1.50 (A couple of these will hopefully provide the yeast starter for my next batch of ginger ale)
Goat Cheese: $4.49
1 red and 1 white onion: $1.75
Salad mix: $4.00 (Not from my regular salad mix guy who I couldn’t find today-sad)
Total Spent: $26.29
Spaghetti Squash and Mangos!
Also got some spaghetti squashes and mangos (3, hubby already ate one) from a co-worker who had too many: FREE! (Because she knows I love to be cheap). These aren’t at the market right now, so not sure what their value might be, but free is a good price if you ask me!
Earlier this week I called to pretty much every blueberry picking farm in the area and got the same story: “We have some blueberries still ripening, we might be open for picking on Saturday, but if we are it will be the last day.” Lovely since Thursday is the day I had open and wanted to go picking…
So yesterday I called farms further west in the state (typically they have stuff for a week or two longer than us), thinking I could go next Wednesday on my day off, but NO… same. exact. story. So sad for me. Evidently due to the extreme heat everyone’s blueberries are done early. Happily they were still at the market, but I had to pay a stupid tax for not finding time to go sooner. I got this bucket of blueberries for freezing:
Stupid Tax blueberries!
Instead of costing about $12-15 like they would have had I picked them myself (assuming between $2-3/lb), these lovely berries cost $25 for the 5 lb bucket. Now they are getting frozen so that I can have blueberry muffins in the winter! Selfish. I know.
In all fairness, there was ONE farm that was still open for picking… since they are “certified organic” instead of just “natural growing practices” they charge $6.95/lb to have the privilege of picking some of their berries yourself. That would have made my 5 lbs cost about $35, which is how I have talked myself into the fact that these berries were actually a deal!