I recently moved to Washington, DC and I’ve had a difficult time finding produce that was fresh and affordable. The local grocery stores produce section has fruit/vegetables in such bad condition that I’m sure, most of them have some type of agricultural STD. Apparently, my preidicament is common for people who live in major urban areas without access to a Trader Joes or the funds to shop at a Whole Foods.
With this in mind I decided to write a post on where to find good produce in your local city.
Farmers Market-Most cities across the U.S. have a farmers market, that is full of ripe, fresh, and maybe organic produce. In the District of Columbia you have Eastern Market and you have the DC Farmer’s Market both full of fresh produce and other grocery items.
You can even find that Louis Vuitton purse you’ve been craving ladies.
Fruit Stands- fruit stands are a great way to buy local produce for the yuppie on a budget or living in poverty like myself. While the selection may not be as varied as what you would find at a farmers market, the fruit quality is often seasonal, local, and fresh.
Community Supported Agriculture- has become very popular over the last couple of years with pretentious yuppies like myself for a variety of reasons. CSA’s offer seasonal local food to members who purchase a subscription. Typically the subscriber will recieve a box weekly or biweekly of fresh vegetables and sometimes other farm products. One small disadvantaged of CSA’s is that you get a lot of atypical vegetables, however this is easily countered because it forces you to learn new styles of cooking and expand your pallate.
As you can see it is possible to get fresh quality produce if you leave in major city, without spending an arm and a leg. Hopefully, this will help out all those people looking for alternatives to the local grocery store.