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Old 06-18-2011, 07:01 PM
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I have to recommend Pearl Farmer's Market. They are the ONLY local farmer's market that guarantees you are buying locally. Many sellers at other farmer's markets get their produce from the same vendor as HEB or WalMart. But not Pearl, they are strict about who they allow to sell there and the prices are comparable to other FMs.

They are open Sat 9-1 and Wed 4-7. If you want amazing peaches, they are the only place in the city to get them. And they won't be there much longer!
Well, us lamebrains that chose to live in the 'burbs (because we <gasp> work in the burbs) have to drive about 20 miles each way to get there. It's nice, but honestly, it was a 'been there, done that' thing for me. I'm not making that trip every week. It's nice for the inner-loopers, but it's sort of contrary for people to drive that far, isn't it?

There's supposedly one that sets up on Bandera Road at Grady's on.....I think Thursdays. I just haven't caught it yet.
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:58 PM
 
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Well, us lamebrains that chose to live in the 'burbs (because we <gasp> work in the burbs) have to drive about 20 miles each way to get there. It's nice, but honestly, it was a 'been there, done that' thing for me. I'm not making that trip every week. It's nice for the inner-loopers, but it's sort of contrary for people to drive that far, isn't it?

There's supposedly one that sets up on Bandera Road at Grady's on.....I think Thursdays. I just haven't caught it yet.
Wow...when I lived in the burbs, I did not consider myself a lamebrain. I commute 20 miles to work every day (gasp!), yet, still do not consider myself a lamebrain. Nor do I consider others lamebrains just because they live in the burbs or commute farther than you obviously would be willing to commute.

But this is about farmer's markets, and the OP is looking for a FM because they do not like the quality of produce at HEB. Therefore, I referred them to the only one in the city that can guarantee better quality than supermarkets. Additionally, a lot of people choose to shop at FMs because they want to support the local farmer and they do not realize that the strawberries they bought at the Quarry FM came from CA, not TX. Its always easier to learn from others mistakes, so just sharing what I've learned.

Interesting...I never mentioned how far I had to drive to get there or how often I go. And we all know what happens when one assumes...
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:04 PM
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Chill out. Sheesh. It's not your run-of-the mill, side of the road farmer's market. If you think it is, more power to you. I choose not to drive 40 miles round trip to go to Pearl--I have nothing to prove to anyone. I'll find something closer. I assumed nothing about you.

I guess you're "open-minded" until someone disagrees with you. LOL
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:22 PM
 
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Wow...when I lived in the burbs, I did not consider myself a lamebrain. I commute 20 miles to work every day (gasp!), yet, still do not consider myself a lamebrain. Nor do I consider others lamebrains just because they live in the burbs or commute farther than you obviously would be willing to commute.

But this is about farmer's markets, and the OP is looking for a FM because they do not like the quality of produce at HEB. Therefore, I referred them to the only one in the city that can guarantee better quality than supermarkets. Additionally, a lot of people choose to shop at FMs because they want to support the local farmer and they do not realize that the strawberries they bought at the Quarry FM came from CA, not TX. Its always easier to learn from others mistakes, so just sharing what I've learned.

Interesting...I never mentioned how far I had to drive to get there or how often I go. And we all know what happens when one assumes...
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Chill out. Sheesh. It's not your run-of-the mill, side of the road farmer's market. If you think it is, more power to you. I choose not to drive 40 miles round trip to go to Pearl--I have nothing to prove to anyone. I'll find something closer. I assumed nothing about you.

I guess you're "open-minded" until someone disagrees with you. LOL
In my humble opinion, I totally agree with Openminded! Pearl is the best farmers market in San Antonio, completely worth the 20 miles round trip I take. But even if it were 40 miles round trip, I would make that trip to get my produce from there. It's the only place in the city that you know EXACTLY where your food is coming from, city and farm!

BTW...it does sound like you assumed Openminded does not live in the burbs when you stated "Well, us lamebrains that chose to live in the 'burbs (because we <gasp> work in the burbs)..."
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:16 PM
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Oh, OK.
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Old 07-16-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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Just came from the Farmer's Market....$3 for a medium eggplant.....like the other poster...been there, done that.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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Just came from the Farmer's Market....$3 for a medium eggplant.....like the other poster...been there, done that.
It was probably picked the day before you bought it, not a week before. If you are looking for cheap produce then Pearl if not for you nor most other farmers markets.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:13 AM
 
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It was probably picked the day before you bought it, not a week before. If you are looking for cheap produce then Pearl if not for you nor most other farmers markets.
You're correct on when it was probably picked, however, in addition to freshness, I look for value. Where is the price point when I would buy it? That's where we all differ.

I could buy all my produce at the Pearl, but I choose not to for this reason.

Oh, I did buy some heirloom tomatoes which went great last night with a braised lamb shank and rosemary.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:17 AM
 
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Try out the FM over at the Quarry, in the Wholefoods parking lot. They have grown a lot since opening, and have a some great vendors.

Stop by...8-noon on Sunday.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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It was probably picked the day before you bought it, not a week before. If you are looking for cheap produce then Pearl if not for you nor most other farmers markets.
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Try out the FM over at the Quarry, in the Wholefoods parking lot. They have grown a lot since opening, and have a some great vendors.

Stop by...8-noon on Sunday.
Thanks for the suggestion, I will.
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