Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fresh, Local and Beautiful

This growing season has been a mite slow getting started. First we had too much rain for farmers to get out in their fields. Then we had excruciatingly hot weather. Then we had more rain. . . . . .well, you get the idea.
But, finally, the local produce is pouring in. And it is beautiful. . . . .and tasty. . . .and the prices are cheap, cheap, cheap.
Just in case you're wondering which produce is local, there's a great blackboard at the east entrance to the store-Sappington Farmers Market-8400 Watson Road St. Louis- which tells all the local produce of the day-and usually tells the farm from where the produce came.
The local heirloom tomatoes are awesome, the corn is delicious, the green beans are outstanding. I could go on and on. Come in and see for yourself. Beautiful, juicy Brandywine tomatoes for $1.50 a pound-can't beat that.
And remember, on Thursdays, you get $10.00 off a $50.00 purchase. Download the coupon from our website.

Gardening and farming are two different things. As a retired farmer, I know how frustrating it can be to be unable to get equipment into the field. There's a panicky feeling as time marches on, and the ground is still lying fallow.
Now that I'm just a gardener, though, I found this year that I was able to turn the ground and plant everything by hand while the farmers waited for their fields to dry. The result is the prettiest garden I ever had. And I've had heirloom tomatoes to eat since mid-May. I was a little concerned that I wouldn't have enough food (I try to grow all my own veggies) this year because I didn't have hundreds of tomato plants and rows of cucumbers. I just arranged my fifteen tomato plants and my five cucumber towers and put my sweet potatoes in with some flowers and interspersed pole beans throughout the garden. Well, you just have to see for yourself.
Above are some pictures of my beautiful organic garden. And I worried for nothing. I have been putting up produce every day. It is stacked on counters, my table and anywhere I can find a spot.
I'm starting to like this kind of gardening. It's easier, prettier and just as productive. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nancy,
    I saw your post on my blog. What's not to love about your store? I'll try to narrow it down a bit, though.
    I love SFM, because of your mission to sell local produce. My husband and I are new to gardening and shopping local, but we love it and appreciate SFM's vision.
    I'm also about to start my daughter on whole milk, and I love that you sell Heritage dairy products. It's from Missouri and hormone free. I know I'm giving her something pure and good for her. (I'd love it if you would start carrying some brand of whole-milk plain yogurt, too.)
    Also, I have celiac disease, and I appreciate your variety of gluten-free products. (One other thing I'd love for you to start carrying, though, is Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats. I can only find it at Whole Foods right now.)
    There's more, but I only have so much time/space. So lastly, I LOVE that SFM does the $10 off $50 on Thursdays. Thank you for that. It makes buying local more affordable for our financially struggling family.
    Hope that helps! Thanks for commenting on my blog.