Farmers Market

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Farmers Market

“How Do You Shop for Food?” Consumer Reports came out with a top 10 list of favorite grocery stores. According to the consumers, one-third fired a nearby grocery store. Some of the reasons cited were:


  • 1) high prices

  • 2) poor selection

  • 3) long lines

  • 4) lousy food or out of stock

  • 5) employee rudeness

  • 6) too crowded

  • 7) not enough checkouts

  • 8) cluttered aisles

  • 9) miss priced items



  • Shoppers are pickier now that there seems to be more choice. Almost all had at least one complaint about the grocery store they “like”.

    Consumer reports have conducted surveys for several years and for the third straight year the same three grocers have been at the top and the same three near the bottom.

    Do the bottom dwellers not care or don’t know how to fix the problem. Maybe their bottom line speaks louder than the line near the bottom of the consumer survey.

    My Favorite Place to Shop for Food

    I wouldn’t have chosen any of the top three (although Publix is third). My favorite place to shop for food is the local farmer’s market. Here in St Petersburg, Florida it’s called the Saturday Morning Market. I bring out of town guests and meet friends at “The Market”. There are 200 vendors rotating through 130 spaces.

    Organic farmers sell healthy food that was just picked. Local food has a fresh taste that your local grocer probably can't match.

    The prices are right, the selection is great, and the employees are nice. Sometimes during spring break the lines and crowded may get to be too much. But, overall, it’s a fun outing and not a chore to shop for food.

    Of course eating from the many ready to eat food vendors is always a treat. My grandkids love the huge turkey legs and I always have a veggie burger. I’m not sure of the actual recipe, but here is one that may be close.

    Black Eyed Pea Veggie Burger

  • Ingredients:

  • 1 can black eyed peas, well drained

  • 1/2 cup flour or as needed for a good texture

  • 2 slices bread, crumbled

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Prepare:In a large bowl, mash the beans until almost smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients, (adding the flour a little at a time until a good texture) Mixture will be thick. Form into patties, not too thick and pan fry in a small amount of oil until slightly firm. My favorite is with sliced avocado on a thin bun, but you can add your favorite toppings.


  • Veggie Burger with Avocado

    “In fact, because of their connection to the land, farmers do more to protect and preserve our environment than almost anyone else. They are some of the best environmentalists around” Ike Skelton

    The market recently was approved to take electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards. Hopefully this will be an incentive to buy fresh food from eligible farmers and vendors and give more people access to good, clean, locally grown food.

    Add music from the local area and you have a fun day; and more than the chore of going to shop for food.

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