Farmstands vs. Grocery Stores
We’ve moved to a town that has a farm stand or pick your own farm around every corner. We can find any sort of fruit or veggie we want straight from the farmer. However, I have two problems with this.
1. I don’t have time to figure out which farms have what I need/want and get to the grocery store for meat and other staples.
2. I don’t know which farms practice organic or sustainable growing practices.
Making my grocery list last night, I was starting to feel green guilt about where I buy my produce. Dreaming about picking up some fresh berries to add to this delish granola Commuter Mom got me hooked on, I realized that instead of buying these things at Stop and Shop I should really be going to the farms. However, that would require an extra trip somewhere which I don’t really have time for this week. My husband and I discussed adding a trip to the farm each weekend as part of our shopping routine, but sometimes that’s hard to squeeze in too.
In addition, knowing that berries are amongst the top produce items containing pesticides, I wonder if buying them at the farm vs certified organic is actually the way to go. My gut usually tells me that buying local is always the best choice, and I know that I can always seek out the farmer at the farmstand and ask about growing practices, but again, that just adds time to the shopping trip. I also really need to figure out if there is a farmer’s market around here so I can just hit up one place for all produce.
Where do you buy your produce and how do you manage time, vs. gut instinct on the right thing to eat? I think that this weekend I’m going to attempt a farm tour around town and just do the research. I know overall, I’ll feel best about that choice.