Summer is a great opportunity to buy farm-fresh, local food, and support our local economy. Minnesota Grown provides a directory of local farms, markets, and garden centers with goods available!
Today I stopped by the Excelsior Farmers Market, and it was bustling! I am walking a delicate line of considering paying more for organic produce off the dirty dozen list (I haven’t made the leap due to cost) vs. buying affordable produce from grocery stores. I didn’t find produce at the Farmer’s Market today that I felt was worth paying more (none claimed to be Organic, and it was the same or more then Target’s prices), so I passed.
But on my way home, stopped at the Arboretum Summer House in Chanhassen. I hit the jackpot! Beautiful produce from a local farm at great prices (for some reason, some of the produce was on sale today), and organic raspberries, (originally $4/pint, but this was left over from the last delivery so I got them for $2)!! Shae was quick to snap a stalk of asparagus in half (he has yet to learn to break off the woody end, and not the beautiful tender top!) and to snatch up a raspberry! (Plus, if you’re a member of the Arboretum, you get 10% off!)
Jack just started the grill on this perfect summer evening, and now I’m off to the kitchen to prepare my yummy finds!