Producer - Consumer - Environment - Community
There are so many good reasons to buy fresh and buy local. By purchasing straight from the grower, rancher, or baker, it cuts out middle-man expenses. Direct selling helps control pricing and flows the cash in the same community. The consumer gets to purchase fresh foods to help improve diet and nutrition. Producers are often very knowledgeable source of information and inspiration on how to cook and prepare fresh ingredients. By selling local it helps reduce on transportation fuel uses, packaging needs, and additional storage costs. Buying local helps stimulating local economic development by increasing employment, encouraging consumers to support local business, and thus keeping the money within the local community. It is also a great way to teach children about the origin and process of the food chain. I encourage you to look for local farmers market and buy something as a show of support and appreciation. This weekend I will be at my local farmers' market.
Pearl Farmers' Market - San Antonio, Texas
Saturdays, 9:00am - 1:00pm (Rain or Shine)
Pearl is a culinary and cultural destination in San Antonio, Tx. along the banks of the San Antonio River west of Full Goods. As a dynamic and evolving environment, Pearl is committed to stewardship and learning. This historic gathering place is where everyone is welcome to eat, play, and learn along the banks of the San Antonio River. With a strong commitment to food excellence, Pearl is host to a producers only farmers market. All Pearl Farmers Market vendors are located within 150 mile radius of San Antonio, Texas, providing fresh, local, and seasonal products that they themselves planted, raised, and harvested. Come meet your local food producers!
Seasonal Products found at market as of January 2011
Vegetables: spinach, turnips, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, napa cabbage, beets (red & golden) tomatoes, kohlrabi (purple & green), broccoli, cauliflower, kale, beet greens, mustard greens, collards, cilantro, dill, parsley, arugula, watercress, green onions, mushrooms, radishes. Fruits: Certified organic tangerines & tangelow. Meats: Heritage pork, grass-fed bison, grass-fed lamb, grass-fed beef. Potted Herbs: Greek oregano, Dill, cilantro, English thyme, Italian parsley, catnip, sage. Baked Goods: cornbread, herb foccacia, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, sun-dried tomato flatbread, olive flatbread, sourdough, monkey bread, baquettes, chocolate chip cookies, coffee cake, sour cream pecan muffins, gluten free products. Value Added Products: fresh pecans, cut flowers, honey, fresh goat cheese, camembert, free range eggs, gourmet nuts, seasoned pecans, jams, all natural & gluten free mixes, salsa, seasoning spices, coffee, tea.
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