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Farmers Market Fare 3

Llama in SuburbiaFor the first trip this spring, my local market has finally got some vegetables! It was a cold start to the season, still is with a frost due tonight, but oh, the purple asparagus arrived, and the spring lettuces and spinach. Finally.

I was also contemplating urban sprawl, more suburban sprawl today. The suburban city I live in basically just decided to take over about 15 miles south β€” without the vote of the citizens there. This was all farms, rolling pasture, beautiful land. You can see the future in the photo here with the brand new McMansions crowding a small farm out. All around this place are strip malls and subdivisions. How many strip malls do we really need? Or better yet, how do you get local food if there are no local farms?

That in mind, this week’s carnival entries follow.
Lynn at Organic Mania contemplates the terrible news about the food crisis has really been weighing on me. We who have the choice of organics vs. conventional foods are truly blessed.

Speaking of blessed, Christine presents Open Air Market in Barcelona posted at Me, My Kid and Life: An American Single Mom Living in France.

Carole DeJarnatt presents What to do with Rooster Spurs posted at Fowl Visions.

Ilana, the Hip Hostess, gives us hip tips on how to save money buying local.

Don’t forget to send in your posts for next weeks Farmers Market Fare. Entries are due on Sunday night, by midnight, send them to farmerfare [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!

3 comments
  1. Rachel

    Take heart, Beth. If current market forces persist (and everyone says they will), no one will be able to buy houses, so the land won’t get bought up. Plus, with the way produce prices are flying, farming that fallow land suddenly becomes a profitable enterprise.

    But you know me – I am, at heart, a cheerful capitalist. So I could be very wrong.

    I hear you on being depressed on the food crisis. I’m feeling totally weighed down by it and have talked to DH about buying a farm in country Victoria. Hey, you and Kiddo wanna come join a commune?

  2. Megan McWilliams

    you are right. that picture tells a frightening story. i think we need to reconsider how we ‘sprawl’, grow, and live. i’m big on eco-community living. there are a couple of them in new england that really appeal to me – eco-efficient houses closer together with shared common space surrounded by local farms! of course, it is more complicated than that, but that is the essential plan that shines through and it feels like a community and one that has hope of being more self-sustaining than most of the suburban sprawls out there.

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