Our friend Ame guilted me into finding a local farmer's market after the great success she and our friend Zim have found in Chicago with local farmer's markets, and my delusion that Trader Joe's eggs were somehow mysteriously better for me than other mass produced beakless high volume egg-mill industrialized eggs. 2 weeks ago I remarked here (link) how happy I as to find farmers who were humanely raising hens to provide reasonably priced organic eggs. Well this morning, I roused the whole family at 9am to drive down to the farmer's market in Central Phoenix, and what a cornucopia of remarkable fresh food did we find!
Deliciously creamy feta from Crow's Dairy (www.crowsdairy.com)
Savory no gluten low carb (no salt or sugar added) lasagna from Raimondo's (www.raimondosofphoenix.com)
Grady's BBQ sauce (mild, hot, and Super Hot; http://www.gradysbbqsauce.com )
"DD's Desert Delights" Almond Espresso Brittle (Avondale AZ) [also Vegan and gluten free]
Line caught (not net caught) canned salmon from Oregon
Organic eggs, peppers, mozzarella cheese, spinach, lettuce, celery, apples, sweet potatoes, normal potatoes, tomatoes (and they were giving out free samples of cherry tomatoes 'try one!')
...so many nice farmers and ranchers. No shortage of courteous shoppers with their Trader Joe's and Fresh & Easy canvas re-usable bags. Well behaved children who listened to their parents without threats of violence. No NASCAR, Lady Gaga, WWE/WWF, NRA, or anti-Obama T-shirts or paraphernalia to be seen. No one open carrying any visible firearms (though it is legal throughout AZ to do without a permit). I over-heard when a grocery shopper waiting in line ahead of me to pay for our organic goods told his friend "yeah, I'm giving the key note address on Globalization at the ASU conference tomorrow". It was a wonderful, sustainable, friendly shopping experience for the whole family.
And it's all Ame's fault! =) (thanks Ame!)
1 year ago