Soooo......... Astro, you left another post! And I have been to another Farmer's Market haha!!
First of all, I have to just clarify your comment about average people and the SUV, slab roller, nice vacation, etc etc............ We traded a Eurovan that was a money pit but it had great trade in value and got two cars for 2.9% financing at the dealer's invoice price or lower, so we actually cut our car payments almost in half and are paying less for two cars than we were paying for one. We used our tax refund for the down payment. The cabin was a steal and we had saved this money for almost a year. It was three hours from our house so we drove and the travel cost was just a tank of gas. We cooked our own meals there instead of eating at fancy restaurants. Average people have much more luxurious vacations I bet, but we got what we needed, rest. The slab roller was purchased with $$ that I have also saved for almost a year. We ARE an average family, we just don't have debt anymore and we have worked for 10 years to cut that out of our lives. I don't have a real income and my husband is a journalist, checked out what they get paid lately? Not to mention the dying off of Journalism in general. Every day one of our friends has been laid off or another newspaper has shut down. We live frugally and save, I shop at thrift stores and we don't buy a lot of things we don't need. We aren't really a very material family and I'm a potter, so I don't have to buy a new wardrobe every season like a lot of women. We have a small house and my kid hates the mall, so she is pretty low maintenance. Jsut give her books and music and she is a happy girl. We are fortunate to have health and dental and I honestly don't know how people get by without it, another very long blog there for sure!! So that's TMI about my income, but just wanted to say that we aren't rolling in $$$ as you seem to suggest. We just don't spend beyond our means like of a lot of folks that are finding themselves in credit card and mortgage hell right now.
Now, about the Farmer's Market, so sorry that you had a bad experience, I have lots of friends here that are CSA members and their stories are quite the opposite of yours. They get amazing produce every week. I went Tuesday, I didn't "stroll" but I did drive about five miles down the road, and yes I did meet some really nice farmers that live around here, they all smiled, thanked me kindly for my business (this is the South where we all have more manners than we know what to do with and we never meet a stranger) and I got this:
I spent $20 and we have had 6 meals from all of this with some rice or noodles added and some eggs that I got last week. So far, that adds up to about $1 per person per meal. I guess I could go grab a burger from the dollar menu at McDonalds, but look what we have been eating (and I have lost three pounds). Tomato sandwiches, I live for them, really light and fluffy frittatas, corn so sweet it didn't really need to be cooked. I CAN'T get this at the grocery store, the tomatoes are pink and mushy inside and have no flavor, I had to throw out the last corn I bought at the store it was so bitter, and the potatoes are growing in soil that has been treated with DDT that does not go away. The basket you see was full and it cost $20. When I fill that basket at the grocery store it is at least $75 if not more. Our grocery bill has gotten out of control, that is the main reason I have been looking for other options, and I'm tired of the government. I feel more removed from Big Brother when I'm at a Farmer's Market. That's all......
I will admit that as I read BK's book, I was thinking, "yeah but you have lots of best selling novels and lots of money, easy for you to say". I'm not trying to replicate what she says in this book, I'm too lazy for one thing and would never stick with it. I'm just trying to find food that tastes better. I LOVE to eat, and the grocery store isn't getting it for me. I was raised on my grandmother's garden and I know what a vegetable or a fruit is supposed to taste like and the produce at the grocery stores these days "ain't it"!
now.... I have some views on that assinine Nook, the electronic book, and the judge that over ruled Obama's decision to stop the drilling, the very same judge that is a stock holder in the oil companies that were ordered to stop. Never mind, don't get me started :)
Keep trying to buy fresh veggies, if for no other reason than they just taste better!!!!!!
Don't you just love it when a blog inspires opinions!! To include a pottery note here, I did get some barns made today before my hateful dentist appointment (yes another one, I'm really paying for putting off dental visits for --- years, I'm not saying how many, it's disgraceful!) and will be firing the kiln this weekend.