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Organic, Sustainable, Farm Fresh, Hormone Free, Locally Grown, Free Range Farmer's Market

Updated on May 20, 2015

Farmer's Market Words of the Day--Organic, Locally Grown, Free Range, Farm Fresh

Farmer's markets are springing up in communities everywhere along with the growing popularity of organic, locally grown, farm fresh vegetables and home-baked breads and pies and home-made jellies and jams. More and more shoppers, especially in upscale communities, are willing to pay a bit more for organic vegetables and local home-made foods. Even Wal-Mart recently announced a local grown vegetable program.

Many farmer's markets offer music for adults and entertainment for children as well as an opportunity to provide some fresh air and sunshine for trophy spouses, toddlers and exercise for upscale dogs.

And for those who aren't doctrinaire organic food fanatics, Frank's Anatra offers delicious hot dogs, brats and Coca-Cola for reasonable prices.

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      William F Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I've been on a hunt for tomatoes that taste like tomatoes for more than a decade now, Ralph, and so far I haven't found any. Even though I live in Long Island now, I haven't driven out east yet to the farms -- but I will this summer. Farmers' Markets are great, but tomatoes are a problem because they pick them early and use chemicals to ship them. They also play genetically with the seeds. I've driven to upstate Connecticut (to a farm) and even to Pennsylvania in a vain search for a good, beefsteak, juicy tomato with lots of seeds. I'm hoping to find them -- but not counting on it -- on Long Island. I like your photos.

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Solution: start growing your own! My wife grows several varieties in our back yard. Good to hear from you, William.

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      Amanda Severn 6 years ago from UK

      Hi Ralph, we have great local farmer's markets here in my corner of south-east England. I use them as often as I can, and it's great to see real fruit and veg on sale complete with soil, roots, and all the little nubbly bits that would never make it to a supermarket shelf. I love your photos BTW.

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      PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon

      We visit our local farmer's market at least once a week, often twice. We also grow our own tomatoes (except this year, since we are going to be moving soon). Love the pics!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great pictures. Organic is the way to go. Everything has so much more flavor.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Loved your hub, Ralph! The pictures are charming and that guy with the guitar and the harmonica singing and playing "Wasting Away in Margaritaville" is priceless! LOL

      Thanks for a trip to the Farmer's Market, really enjoyed this.

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some great images here. Farmer's markets are spreading across the UK also

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      KKalmes 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      thanx Ralph, you just made me homesick for the northern Illinois farmer's markets. I know we have them in the city here, but haven't venture out that way yet... quess it's time, although the tomatoes, peppers, spices and cucumbers we are growing will be available soon and I hope they taste as delicious as I remember.

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Tnx for the kind comments, all.

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      This was a great hub Ralph. We have markets like this in Australia. Beautiful fresh, uncontaminated food is a good look. I wish that was what we got in the supermarkets!

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