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March 14, 2011
by Paul Jones

Wow, was that a pretty weekend.  Getting out to goof around in the yard, hitting some golf balls, and just enjoying the sunshine.  That is a testament to why North Carolina is one of the greatest places to live.

One other thing hit me this weekend too.  The time for planting this years veggies is coming soon, and I have yet to plan one bit of it.  I keep debating on whether or not to grow my own or just join a cooperative and have a box of goodies each week.  I know that hanging out in farmers markets and other local purveyors of good fresh things is a ton of fun.  It opens all menus and possibilities.  So what do you all think?  Do the co-op?  Grow my own?  Just haunt all the farmers markets and other local places?  What are your favorites.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2011 10:57 am

    Hang out at Farmers Markets. For me, I will use my energy to help others and will get my fresh veggies and other products of the earth from people who have a far more green thumb than I do.

    • March 14, 2011 11:11 am

      Right now I have the time and the energy…. I have a pale green thumb, I have had enough success to keep my interest up!

  2. Heidi permalink
    March 14, 2011 10:59 am

    We have done co-op in the past and I like the fact it supported local farmers… however, a lot of what we came in the baskets went to waste. Now, we grow tomatoes on our back deck (live in an apt), and I go to the co-op twice a week and buy from the same farm. I buy as much as I need so I still support them, I still have lots of fresh, yummy, local veggies AND no waste. :) If I had the room to grow a garden I would. I don’t like the digging in the dirt part but my boyfriend does so it’s a win/win.

    • March 14, 2011 11:12 am

      That is my big concern with doing a co-op. There are just 3 of us, and one is a 12 year old that thinks veggies are demon spawn. I love the dirt part, and seeing the things grow. Maybe I will do my own tomatoes and go for market everything else. I do have a patch that might be good for potatoes….

  3. March 14, 2011 9:35 pm

    I used to hang out at farmer’s markets and I love them. As my life got busier with 3 kids, I started doing CSA. It works out great for our family but you really have to plan with the produce as the centerpiece of your menu because it is a lot of food. Still love the markets though and I miss them.

    • March 21, 2011 8:09 pm

      (sorry for late reply) I think I am going to selectively plant some things, and get the rest from markets. We have so many local markets popping up, with most being organic, it would be a shame not to pluck the best from all!

  4. March 21, 2011 9:17 pm

    This is an easy decision for me as I failed at even keeping basil alive last year. Although I am going to try again! But: I am going with farmer’s market although if I had even a pale green thumb as you attest to, I would attempt some of my own just for the fun. But I figure there are folks out there already growing the stuff locally and I’m happy as can be to give my dolla dolla bills to support them. Are you going to do the tomato towers again?

    • March 21, 2011 9:24 pm

      I think I will use the grow boxes for tomatoes again, and the buckets for beans. Getting yukon gold taters ready to go in ground soon. :-) Methinks I will be haunting the markets a lot this season… We have so many cropping up!

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