You will never find crisper, sweeter carrots than Pyramid Farms. I'm sorry... I don't care how many times the auto-misters spray down the produce at the grocery store, you just have to wonder how many days/weeks ago those carrots were picked, and how far they were shipped to reach us. No, I prefer to buy local produce, from farmers that live in my community, that I can look in the eye every week and feel a sense of connection. Maybe I am not growing my own garden, but buying from our local Farmer's Market is definitely a better option for our environment than shipping melons from Mexico or Peru.
Of course, no trip to Farmer's Market would be complete without stopping to find out what is happening with Lance. He and his sons spend their summer in Alaska each year, just to be able to supply us with wild caught Alaska Salmon. I cannot thank him enough! I don't usually buy salmon from him on Saturdays, though... I order about $100-$150 worth from him and pick it up at his house. That usually lasts the two of us until they get back with their new catch in autumn. I can't even begin to compare it with (sorry Randy) even Costco. It's not always about the price.
We live in an amazing community. Is it perfect? No. But we have some wonderful people who live here, who make their livings here. So, in the spirit of supporting our community and interacting with the individuals who work so hard to bring us quality food, we look at the bigger picture. I love the warehouse stores as much as anyone, especially when it comes to paper towels and big bags of coffee (which, incidentally are not produced locally!) It just makes sense to shop locally and support our local farmers, which in turn supports our entire community.
It's not rocket science.