We buy most of our fresh produce from farmer’s markets. There are two that are close enough, big enough and are real farmer’s markets with stalls manned by the farmers or their family that it is worth our while frequenting them. This means we get to restock once a fortnight (each market is only held once a month). I find that the fruit and veg are so fresh that a lot of it will last (and be better than “fresh” supermarket produce) well into the second week. So each time I tend to buy about 1.5 weeks worth of fruit and veg and 2 weeks worth of meat, eggs and potatoes.
Pictured above is my most recent farmers market haul. I think it proves that late winter seasonal eating does not have to be limited or boring
Some semi-random notes:
- The packets at the front are bacon and bacon bits from free range pigs. The bacon bits are bacon off cuts and are a great way keep the cost of ethical and local meat down. I freeze it in small handful lots and add it to soups, pasta, stews etc to get that lovely smokey bacon taste
- I would normally add about 1 kg of various cuts of beef/lamb to this picture as our red meat intake for two weeks but we are currently munching our way through about 10 kg of beef that we were able to buy straight from a farmer
- The bag at the back is 2 kg of Nicola potatoes
- Oranges were on special: $12 for 6 kg. That’s $2 per kilo for ORGANIC oranges! I couldn’t resist. I see a batch or two of marmalade coming on. And maybe some candied peel if I have time.
- Organic free range pullet eggs were on special: 30 for $5. I couldn’t resist these either. I see at least one frittata and some baking in the next week or so.
- Two bunches of daffodils to bring some of that almost spring colour into our home
- This is supplemented with our home-grown veg (e.g. silver beet, Tuscan kale, beet root, lettuce, radishes, lemons, herbs) and we have some left over veg from the week before (e.g. carrots, onions, red onions)