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The farmers market at Easton Town Center, held in the parking lot behind Fado Irish Pub, is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept.
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FarmerTed

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Great, an opportunity to pay twice as much for food that is only marginally better than what one can find at the grocery store.
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FarmerTed wrote:
Great, an opportunity to pay twice as much for food that is only marginally better than what one can find at the grocery store.
Actually, fresh produce has a far higher vitamin content than those picked not-quite-ripe and shipped and sat for a couple days. Nutritional values quickly degrade, even over a period of hours. I'm willing to pay more for healthier veggies and to support the local farmer. Without the small farmer we're at the mercy of mega agribusinesses who are known to cut corners and not take care with the handling of the produce.
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Farmers Markets are the way to go. I don't think the cost is much more and I would agree with thomas, I would much rather pay someone who is local, trying to make a living than some big chain store.
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FarmerTed wrote:
Great, an opportunity to pay twice as much for food that is only marginally better than what one can find at the grocery store.
If you don't like it, then don't go.
Hello Dispatch

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FarmerTed wrote:
Great, an opportunity to pay twice as much for food that is only marginally better than what one can find at the grocery store.
Oftentimes the cost is less than grocery stores. If it does cost more, I am willing to pay the difference to support a local farmer and reduce the environmental impact of shipping produce half way around the world.
Before posting a negative and baseless claim, why don't you educate yourself.
FarmerTed

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thomas wrote:
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Actually, fresh produce has a far higher vitamin content than those picked not-quite-ripe and shipped and sat for a couple days. Nutritional values quickly degrade, even over a period of hours. I'm willing to pay more for healthier veggies and to support the local farmer. Without the small farmer we're at the mercy of mega agribusinesses who are known to cut corners and not take care with the handling of the produce.
Hey whatever, crazy.
FarmerTed

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Buckeye wrote:
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If you don't like it, then don't go.
Gee, really, ya think so? Thanks for the feedback, Cleetus.
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FarmerTed wrote:
<quoted text>Well then you're an idiot. I'm not paying $5.50 for a quart of strawberries when I can get more than that for half the price at the grocery store -- have fun living in poverty you dirty hippy freak.
People willing to pay for quality and local freshness, and support small farms,
are 'idiots', in your world?
WOW. Anger-management issues, much?
Unless you just (erroneously) think you're amusing,
please, seek professional help. Soon. Seriously.
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FarmerTed wrote:
Great, an opportunity to pay twice as much for food that is only marginally better than what one can find at the grocery store.
Yeah, why in the world would you want to support your LOCAL economy when you can fork over your money to Monsanto and Agribusine$$ instead?
CSD

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How does Trader Joe's feel about this 'community service'?

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Love me some local economy.
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Hello Dispatch wrote:
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Oftentimes the cost is less than grocery stores. If it does cost more, I am willing to pay the difference to support a local farmer and reduce the environmental impact of shipping produce half way around the world.
Before posting a negative and baseless claim, why don't you educate yourself.
I went to a Farmers Market last summer and spent about $70 on some things based on the logic that I was helping a farmer. If I went once a week, that would be almost $300/month on fruits and vegetables. I paid $6 for a watermelon and $4 for a half gallon of organic milk, as two examples. Point is, with utilities skyrocketing, rent skyrocketing, gasoline prices skyrocketing, health insurance skyrocketing, every penny counts. I do see your points and I enjoyed the one time I went, but consider it to be a "treat".
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If you spent $70 on only fruits and vegetables, I would tend to agree that you probably paid too much. You mentioned organic milk. Did you buy any craft items? Live flowers? Baked goods? Candy? Specialty products such as sauces or jams?

There are some farmers market vendors that take advantage of the situation. I refused to buy berries at a market last week. While I'm aware that local strawberries are just coming in, no one in central Ohio has raspberries or blackberries yet. This particular vendor had quite obviously taken advantage of the great prices at Kroger and repackaged them as "home-grown" and tried to rape people on price.

A half-gallon of organic milk costs about $4 in the grocery store as well as $6 for a watermelon. We shop at farmers markets every week from May through October. We bought 70% of our garden plants last week for less than $20. For the two of us, we average about $20 a week. On weeks that we buy grassfed cheese or maple syrup or honey, we spend a bit more but those items last more than one week.

Get to know the vendors. Don't buy from the first strawberry stand you see. Walk through the market before you buy, observing prices and products.
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If you spent $70 on only fruits and vegetables, I would tend to agree that you probably paid too much. You mentioned organic milk. Did you buy any craft items? Live flowers? Baked goods? Candy? Specialty products such as sauces or jams?
There are some farmers market vendors that take advantage of the situation. I refused to buy berries at a market last week. While I'm aware that local strawberries are just coming in, no one in central Ohio has raspberries or blackberries yet. This particular vendor had quite obviously taken advantage of the great prices at Kroger and repackaged them as "home-grown" and tried to rape people on price.
A half-gallon of organic milk costs about $4 in the grocery store as well as $6 for a watermelon. We shop at farmers markets every week from May through October. We bought 70% of our garden plants last week for less than $20. For the two of us, we average about $20 a week. On weeks that we buy grassfed cheese or maple syrup or honey, we spend a bit more but those items last more than one week.
Get to know the vendors. Don't buy from the first strawberry stand you see. Walk through the market before you buy, observing prices and products.
These guys get it (more or less)! Take a walk around some of these "farmers markets" and you'll see the same fruit and vegetable boxes as the ones at the big box grocery stores. They just jack up the prices for the fools who want to believe they're doing something trendy or "responsible." Watermelons are often on sale for $4 at the grocery store. Organic milk is for sissies.
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Rok wrote:
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Yeah, why in the world would you want to support your LOCAL economy when you can fork over your money to Monsanto and Agribusine$$ instead?
If the locals are either crooks or just plain stupid, why would I want to support them?
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Who knew that a farmer's market could inspire all this vitriol? Does anyone know what time the market at Easton opens?
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Wow slow day in the unemployment world huh Ted???
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Wow slow day in the unemployment world huh Ted???
Nah I'm getting my booth ready at the Farmer's Market ... I went to Giant Eagle and bought grapes for $.99 a pound that I'll sell you for $2.99 a pound. Then I will go home and make quietly efficient love to my sturdy Germanic wife.
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Of course these markets are growing in popularity. People are tired of eating Big Agra GMO dog food.
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retailme not and printapons saves me lots of time and money and more than that it make the online shopping lot more fun when you get discount!!

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