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    Posted: 28 February 2019 at 04:48


Have been wondering, what is in your farmer´s markets, supermarkets & neighborhood tiny family owned grocery shops  ?


Here we are going quite "Green" with an early season due to the climbing temperatures.

We have some lovely asparagus stalks, lots of citrus, an array of apple varieties, Roman Green Beans, long and wide with magenta ( radicchio color ) splashes of color, artichokes, a wide variety of onions including Cebolletas ( a stalk of spring onion with dangling onions),  lavender garlic,  leeks, red tomatoes, fennel bulb,  uncountable types of Green & magenta toned curly leaf lettuces and spring mushrooms, such as Chanterelles, a fan type shaped mushroom and lots of fresh herbs coming in the markets too.





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Unfortunately, our farmers' markets don't open until April or May.  For some reason, they do not capitalize on the early veggies market. I've spoken to several vendors about that, wondering why all the early greens, spring onions, etc. aren't on the menu.

Most of them think there isn't enough interest to support the risks of growing those things. Some do grow them, for the restaurant trade, but not for the public markets.  

It actually will be May before our farmers' markets get into full swing.  Alas! 
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Unfortunately, nothing up here either, at this time.

On March 10th (or the weekend immediately after), I'll be starting my tomatoes and peppers for my home garden; other garden vegetables will be started about a month later.
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I'm in the same boat. Our local produce stand shuts down in November (after the pumpkins are gone) and doesn't open back up until end of March usually. We have no "family owned grocery stores" only major chains. And the farmer's market (which is more about arts and crafts than farmed goods) doesn't start up until late spring when the weather is drier.
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You touch on an good point there, Mike - up here, the local farmers' markets are still at least half about food, but the arty-craftsy stuff is gaining ground.

On the other hand, my contacts at one of the local Hutterite colonies just brought me a couple of beautiful chickens, so it's not all doom and gloom until Summer!
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That's a sad, but growing problem with "farmer's markets."  More and more of them are turning into craft fairs and flea markets.  

Fortunately, around here, the majority of them remain growers' markets.  

Oddly enough, there are at least two flea markets in the region that contain farmers' markets, and, in both cases, those sections are growers' markets.  Go figure!

There aren't a whole bunch of family groceries. But there are a fair number of ethnic markets, where fresh-grown produce and proteins are the watchword.  At one local Asian market they even sell live fish and seafood.  Interesting thing about these ethnic markets is that, contrary to what's found in the big cities, at ours you generally find higher quality and lower prices than the supermarkets.  A definate win-win.  

A bigger problem around here are what I call the misleading markets. The largest "farmers' market" in Lexington, for instance, has an internal rule that at least 40% of what's sold be grown by the vendor. Two issues with that: first, who's counting? If it's actually 50% or 60% or more, would anybody know? Especially since the 40% rule isn't generally known by the buying public. 

More important, this means the vendors can go to the terminal market in Louisville, buy caseloads of produce, and sell it to unsuspecting buyers as locally grown. I have no documentation, but I wonder if that sort of thing isn't more prevalent than we imagine. 
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Wow ..   Thank you Gentlemen for all your feedback ..  

1)  Tas:   I would believe that it is still quite cold & possibly snow is still covering the turf.  Pleased to hear that you shall be planting shortly ..  Good luck !

2)  Pitrow:    I  would also be inclined to believe that Oregon is also quite cold and has snow as well. 

Sorry to hear that Farmer´s Markets  share space with vendors dedicated to thrift and 2nd hand flea market products.   

3)   Brook:   Ethnic Markets are like mushrooms, and they pop up all over the world in a vast variety of  ethnic neighborhoods.  The laws here are much stricter here when it comes to where these type of grocer´s  can open ..   There is often a  " glut "  of them in residential áreas close to bus stations and subway stations ..  

Of course there are alot of  "misleading " as well as illegal practices world wide however, here the inspectors  request documentation and licenses.  

Though many vendors buy from the farmers directly and rent kiosks in the Central Markets which most neighborhoods have and re sell the products ..

There is a E.U. Law as well that all must be marked, Biological Sustainable and no chemicals and no pesticides or Organic ( different here ) which can use non toxic insecticides and must indicate designation of origin of the products.  Must be marked  !!!  

Have a lovely weekend.      



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Weather in most of the Iberian Peninsula is approx 16 - 20 degrees Centigrade and sunny. It is unusally warm for February / March 1st - 3rd.  

However, March is usually very variable and windy and if it does rain or hail, this is the month for this activity.  

Excluding the snow covered mountain chains where many ski resorts are located, there is no snow and in Madrid, there is rarely any snow at all.   

Barcelona and Girona and the North Coast and foothills of the Pyrenées get snow ..  
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