From early spring onions and radishes until the last sweet potatoes are sold, our market meets on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays. Saturdays are the busiest, and some choice items, like free-range eggs, are sold out before seven in the morning.
We had a lazy Saturday morning, and by the time we got there about 10:30, lots of shelves were empty. The sellers were still doing a lot of business.
As a rich society, we have been spoiled. We want our strawberries and tomatoes in the middle of the winter. We want our fruit pretty and blemish free. It is about supply and demand. Because of volume, sometimes big chain stores can sell their produce cheaper than the local farmers can. But what a difference there is in taste and freshness!
Personally, I prefer corn that was on the stalk just minutes before it was brought to market. I don't mind if tomatoes are not exactly round, a long as they taste like my childhood and Alabama sunshine. I love the rich golden color of country eggs.
It just doesn't feel right that some of the food I consume is more well-traveled than I am.
Yes, I'm willing to pay 25 cents more for pepper that tastes like pepper.