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December 20, 2008

Please do some comparison shopping for me

NoPeaches.jpgI won't get over to the Waverly farmers market at 32nd street this morning. I've got too many other things to do, including finding some shoes to wear to a wedding. Mmmm. I bet shopping at Towson Town Center the Saturday before Christmas is going to be fun.

Waverly is the only farmers market open year round, just in case you didn't realize. They have Christmas wreaths; breads and pastries from local bakeries; local hormone-free milk, cheese and eggs; organic greens and herbs grown in a greenhouse; some preserves and cider; crafts -- that kind of thing. I like to support them this time of year. (They sure don't need my support in the summer.) ...

Some of the farmers go to the Jessup wholesale market and sell produce they didn't grow, unless you want to believe that bananas and oranges can be grown in Maryland in December. I like to support them, too, because it helps keep them in business so I can have local produce like heirloom tomatoes and 10 different kinds of peppers in the summer.

I hope you'll go over there today if you've got the time. And, just to satisfy my own curiosity, if there is something you buy at the supermarket like bananas or oranges that you know the price of, tell us how the price at the farmers market compares by posting below.

The photo (I took it this summer) is just to remind you why we care that the market stays in business.

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 6:16 AM | | Comments (6)


Isn't tomorrow the last day for the JFX market for the season?

Yea, the JFX market always ends on the last sunday before Christmas.

Not exactly on topic, but I was just at Atwater's in Belvedere Square. In the bakery they were setting out tiny bites of their fruitcake. I have gone on record here as saying I don't care much for fruitcake, but this is good! Run over and try some yourself, and tell them Dahlink sent you.

Those peaches look really delicious, and I'm not much of a peach lover. Although, if I tried one of them, I might change my mind.

Peaches are a lot like tomatoes. The ones in the grocery store that have been shipped in from who knows where tend to be pretty boring. But, get perfectly fresh peaches at the orchard (or the farmers' market), picked ripe not green, and they can be sublime.

Come to think of it, they go well with lime, too.

Fl Rob, IMHO, a fresh peach from the orchard just can't be beat,(as Lissa pointed out) but peach cake and peach pie aint bad either, the caveat being that they're made with fresh peaches.

A little ice cream place in Westminster called Hoffman's makes fresh peach icecream in the summer at peak peach season and always has a line out the door. The rest of their flavors are great too (all homemade) but that peach - even when they make peach frozen yogurt, alchemy!

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