Farm to table is a phrase that seems to be used a lot these days as people become more aware and concerned about what they put in their body and how their food is sourced. For the longest time, I never really thought about that as long as something was perceived to be healthy and it tasted good than I was cool with it. However, as I get older, and have a deeper appreciation for the human body, my feelings have shifted quite a bit, and now I much prefer to get locally sourced produce. The freshness alone is worth it because it will last at least an extra week since it hasn’t been moving around from farm to processing plant to delivery truck to grocery store.
Recently, I was taking Ellie to the vet and I drove past a building that had the words ‘Farm to Table’ across the front of it, and I just HAD to stop in and see what it was all about. The place was called Puzycki’s Market, which made me think of Schlotzsky’s Deli, and at first I thought it was a place to eat. I was super hungry so I was pretty excited to try a farm to table deli, until I got there and realized it was a produce market. At first I was a little let down because I had already started creating my sandwich in my head, but then I went inside and I was like a kid in a very healthy candy store! There were barrels and rows of super fresh, incredibly vibrant fruits and veggies. I was actually a little overwhelmed at first, I didn’t know where to start.
There were items there that I had never heard of before, and was a little too intimated to buy, but next time I will give some of them a try. Has anyone tried Patty Pan Squash? That’s on my list of things to try. I did buy a purple sweet potato and some yellow zucchini which I had also never heard of before. The purple sweet potato is being cooked tonight, and the yellow zucchini was used in my Breakfast Casserole that I made this week and it was awesome! To me, it tasted like a sweeter version of the usual green zucchini, I bet it would make an awesome zucchini bread or muffins.
By the time I was done I had filled two huge baskets with produce and my bill was close to $50. That may sound high, but most things were actually super cheap, I just bought
a ton way too much stuff, I couldn’t help myself. Oh, I almost forgot, I also bought local raw honey on the comb. I am not a huge fan of honey, but I keep hearing and reading about the benefits of local honey, so when I saw that I had to buy it. OH. MY. GOODNESS! What a difference the local raw stuff is compared to the bear, it’s so much better, yum!
So far everything I have purchased from Puzycki’s has been awesome, and I am really looking forward to going back and trying more….once I get through all the stuff I just bought.
Do you have a local farm stand you enjoy? What’s your favorite locally sourced item?