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Monday, December 1, 2008

That's My World Tuesday: Local Produce

For this week, I thought I would feature local produce, although we are entering the winter months and I'm using photographs from the spring and summer. The photographs below were taken in April at the NC State Farmer's Market (top two in the collage) and at North Hills which is a shopping center near me (bottom two in the collage).

The North Carolina State Farmer's Market is in Raleigh where I live and operates year round, seven days a week, with indoor booths for crafts, local wine, cheese, seafood, plants, and fresh produce. The small market at North Hills Shopping center only operates from April to October on Saturday with tents in a central area for fresh produce and plants. There are a number of other small markets with locally grown produce in the triangle area.

The chart above shows what's in season during the year in North Carolina. The eastern part of the state has a longer growing season for many crops than the western part of the state. It's nice having the State Farmer's market in my town as farmers drive to that large market from different parts of the state.

The last shot is a day's harvest in July from my back yard garden. It doesn't get any fresher or more local than walking out into your home garden for vegetables. I'll have to wait until the summer months to be doing that again.

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31 comments:

Texas Travelers said...

We love the local markets.
I like the chart.
Great food photos.

Troy

Mojo said...

Some of the local produce wholesalers operate out of the Farmer's Market too. Ward's Produce is probably the biggest, but there are others too. I haven't gotten out there much since they moved to their "new" location. (I guess it's not really "new" anymore is it?)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I see apples and peanuts are ALWAYS in season. ;-) It's great when you can buy locally, isn't it?

mirage2g said...

Your produce (3rd photo) looks so inviting, lets make salad!

I always get to buy fresh produce from markets or made-up markets than groceries...they're cheaper too. ITs really nice when you have a place near you to buy veggies and fruits. Have a nice week!

SandyCarlson said...

Those veggies are gorgeous! Looks like there's plenty on offer there.

imac said...

We have a farmers market once a month here.
So Carvers a keen gardener then, well done my friend, fresh is best.

Wren said...

Yum! The fresh, local produce is what I miss most about winter

Arija said...

This year, because we have no water at all for the garden, I only have a handfull of broad beans that have struggled through on the occasional sprinkle of rain or dew. At present I get my produce from our local 40km distant farmer's market, much like yours but smaller. Such fun to shop there with the stall holders knowing you and what you like.
Love your fresh veggies from the garden.

Susan said...

Beautiful photos!

I'm with you about vegetable gardens; ours goes all year, and we're just finishing the last of the pumpkins. Parsnips and kale next.

Your bowl of home-grown is gorgeous!

babooshka said...

This is brilliant. I love that chart.

mannanan said...

What another interesting post. We try and buy local here being such a small island. As you say it.s fresh as well as helping the local economy. Thanks for sharing your world.

fishing guy said...

Carver: We do this in the Summer and early Fall but not all year long.

Guy D said...

Ahh nothing like a farmers market, great pics.

Cheers
Regina In Pictures

The Good Life in Virginia said...

informative and very interesting post...liked your seasonal chart...thanks for sharing with us.

FickleMinded said...

you know what? I lived in NC for 8 months and i've never been in a Farmers Market, I guess I missed a lot. and yeah, my husband is originally from NC. :)
great photos of veggies!!
MWT#3: Water Park

napaboaniya said...

Very cool, especially the chart featuring the different types of produce all year round :)

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

There's just nothing quite like a farmers market.

david mcmahon said...

That last shot is stunning.

dot said...

The vegetables look wonderful! Nice pleasant thoughts of summer are appreciated on a cold winter day.

mommanator said...

that looks like a dandy start of a meal!

Indrani said...

Nothing like the produce from one's own garden. Great shot of the vegetables.

SabineM said...

yummy! i Love fruits and vege that are in season! lovely shots!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love all those yummy goodies from the garden, i would love to have a nice fresh garden tomato
Thanks for sharing your world

Jedediah said...

There's nothing better that fruits and vegetables that grew in ones own garden. Great photos.

Louise said...

I have three tomatoes left from my summer garden, but those cucumbers are looking FABULOUS!

jean said...

Thanks for the chart. Your fresh veggies look lovely. Makes one wish to hurry winter along! Thanks for stopping by "Nature & More".

antigoni said...

Excellent post!

Dee said...

Hey there,
I loved seeing those pics of the Farmer's Market again - how cool!

Gaelyn said...

That produce looks delicous. I can almost smell the tomatoes. I so love to buy local when I can.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

love the local market and love bounty of the harvest!

Allan Barredo said...

We have lots of local markets from where I'm from. Local produce is always better

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