I just got back from the Charlottesville Farmers Market, which is held each Saturday in downtown Charlottesville.
I love the idea/(concept) of having a local vendors venue, in every community coast to coast. I support and speak out regularly on safe food grown chemical free, and with seeds that have NOT been GMOed. I love the family farm and the entire process, which to some degree our country has been led to believe, is a arcane and outdated endeavor. When in all actuality, the family farm is the thread that will save our lives.
So when I write what I am about to, don’t think that my pov, is coming from anything other than a person who is also struggling in today’s world. That said, the local farmers market this morning was overcrowded, overpriced, and sadly misplaced in an area where you are forced to pay for parking in a private parking lot.
I walked about and was shocked to see the high prices. Sure, farmers do need to be compensated for their work, gosh I wrote a blog this summer regarding the work going into picking a few blackberries each morning, and know the backbreaking hard work it requires to grow and maintain quality truck farms. But these prices seemed to be directed at a consumer who is happy to shop the Whole Foods Market, where it is priced so high, that I cannot afford to shop there much at all.
I spent 26.00 on the little show I have displayed here. What did I get?
1 Dozen Eggs – $4.00
2 small onions – $1.50
4 small tomatoes
1 med tomato
2 small eggplant
a few peppers
a package of fancy mini lettuce
(16.50 for all that!)
and one small basil plant $2.00
parking for 1/2 hour $2.00
Full Tally = $26.00
Well, I do live in a affluent part of the USA, and I am not used to the high cost of living. I guess I am in culture shock. I just returned from Arkansas last week. I was buying Tomatoes (good home grown ones) for $.50 and $.75 a lb, at a little help your self stand, I was buying free range local eggs for 2.00 dozen. I was buying fresh Arkansas peaches for $.99 a lb. So as you can see, I was terribly spoiled, yet, my pay is the same here as it was living in Arkansas. For I was home on summer leave, and I am now actually making less, considering the income vs cost of living. Oh well, that is ok…. I am not really complaining, well, yes, I guess I am. But I don’t mean to be. I just felt that the farmers market was too upper class for me, and I am glad for the farmers, I am….[But] I am sad that I could not afford to buy more from them, as my limited funds don’t allow it.
The other thing is the crowd, I just cannot believe that in the town that has this many beautiful parks, that they have to crowd everyone in that tiny space, downtown? There are parks that have tons of parking, lots of space for the vendors, and much more shade and area to spread out. I had to take refuge out away from the daunting crowd, (a couple of times), in order to get my bearings. Really!
Man, I bet you think I am being a grouch; but not really. I am trying to be positive, in that I am moving back from a summer in Arkansas. Cost of living is much cheaper in the S/W portion of the state of Arkansas. But, I am happy to be back in Charlottesville, the population is much greater, and the life here is much more urban, and I have a great job, a nice place to live, and good weather. I am content, and very grateful for so much!
Next week there is another, smaller farmers market, (Wednesday’s) at Meade Park here in Charlottesville,
“Farmers Market in Meade Park comes back in May.
Beginning May 28th, Meade Park will host once again host the Farmers in the Park Market, Wednesdays from 3pm-7pm. This will be a smaller market of vendors who will have homemade food, and local vegetables, fruit, plants along with ready-made food. Meade Park is located on Meade Avenue in the southeast part of town.”
I will go there, see how that works for me…..
So, right now…I am going to go cook some of my fine new produce, yum! it will be good and wholesome, not GMO’d, and full of chemicals. That is blessing!
Oh yeah, and this photo….was free, enjoy!
late yesterday evening on Pantop Lookout!
this is my first blog in 6 weeks. that is a good sign!
I decided to add a little historical perspective to this blog. Here is an article from the(Nevada County Picayune.) regarding my Grandmother Griffin and her love of canning and growing good ole chemical free, gmo free, natural food!
Esther Bryson (my Grandmother), Secretary of the of the Redland 4-H Club and Dale Hildebrand, President of the Club, won free trips offered by the State Fair, for being the outstanding boy and girl in the county this year.
To win this distinction, Esther entered two contests here (Prescott, AR) and one in Ar
kadelphia in the district contest and one in Fayetteville .
Of these four contests, she won the following places
two first in Nevada County ,
first at Arkadelphia and
second at Fayetteville .
Besides her activities in the club contest, she planted one tenth acre garden in tomatoes, beans and carrots.
From this garden she sold $16.64 worth of fresh vegetables and canned 76 quarts of vegetables for home use, which was valued at $22.00.
She also canned 65 quarts of fruit from the home orchard and made 15quarts of jams and marmalades, 10 quarts of preserves, 16 quarts of pickles, 20 bottles of fruit juices and 12 glasses of jellies.
The total cost of labor, seed, fertilizer and equipment was $7.99, leaving her a net profit of $36.55. (Sept 30, 1926, Nevada County Picayune.)
notice: no chemical added into her total cost!!!