We didn’t have much luck in Virginia. And, then we did.
Combined with high produce prices at the Norfolk farmer’s market , excessive packaging at the Heritage Store and the distance we had to drive to get to the market in Virginia Beach, I gave up and shopped at the commissary. ONLY to discover, much to my delight, the commissary limited DECA (Defense Commissary Agency) and bought much of their produce from local Virginia farms because the customers demanded it.
Here in Georgia, we haven’t had much luck. And then we have.
DECA rules the commissary here. All produce is shipped from California or Chile. I’ve never seen a local name. And it’s covered in plastic wrap. So, we stopped shopping produce at the commissary and started growing our own veggies. We lucked up and rented a house with abundant fruit trees. But the best part of all? The food at the local farmer’s markets is wonderfully inexpensive. Whatever we don’t grow, we buy there.
We hit the jack pot.
Because of this, we haven’t had any plastic to throw out. And we’re no longer eating strawberries grown in California year round. We only eat what’s in season, grown in someone’s back yard. The food tastes 100 times better. Totally worth it. I want to announce it from the roof tops.
But the lesson I learned here—what the customers demand, they shall receive. DEMAND LOCAL PRODUCE and you shall get it!
(My original plan was to try a bit harder with DECA here in GA but I got bogged down with…. life. I didn’t follow through. But if it can be done in VA, I’m sure it could be done anywhere, and with any grocery store. It’s worth a shot, right?)
- Military Commissaries See Food Stamp Usage Almost Triple (offthebase.wordpress.com)
- Your comments: Should commissaries be cut to help reduce federal spending? (pennlive.com)
- Farmers’ markets are not a trend (omniumgatherumblog.wordpress.com)