My friend Ann at the local farmer’s market in south GA always states the only difference between the tomato you buy at the grocery store and the one she’s selling you at the market (picked from her back yard that morning) is 2,000 miles. The taste is the real difference. I couldn’t believe how much better everything tasted when we started growing our own food and buying at the market while in GA.
When we visited the farmer’s market in Fernandina Beach, Florida, shortly after arriving in south GA, we passed a man wearing funny glasses (to catch our attention) on the side of the road along Hwy 40. It worked!
He sold fresh shrimp he’d caught off the coast of Amelia Island at five pounds for $20.
Along with corn on the cob we scored at the market, we sat down to a fresh, local, little meal. I fondly remember steaming corn, crisp shrimp, homemade cock tail sauce and cold beer on a warm summer night laughing on the back porch before life grew busy with baby.
Here’s to local cuisine in northern Florida! Ya’ll know how to do it right! We shall miss the local food. I’ll share some here that we had the pleasure of devouring our year and a half in south Georgia.
Looking forward to finding new local food in Wisconsin–like different types of CHEESE! 😀
- Making cornmeal from dried corn (or how I saved the corn from the compost). (militaryzerowaste.wordpress.com)
- Story Time: Corn on the Cob (someservers.wordpress.com)
- Barbara’s Farm Fresh Produce is a Misnomer if Ever There Was One! (mbeachbywordofmouth.wordpress.com)