I recently moved toWashington, DC and I’ve had a hard 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 disease, lol. Apparently, difficulty locating fresh produce is common for people who live in major urban areas without access to a Trader Joe’s or the funds to shop at a Whole Foods Market.
With this in mind I decided trek around the Nation’s Capitol in search of good produce and I found a few places that most cities may have.
#1 Farmers Market-Most cities across theU.S.have a farmers market; full of ripe, fresh, and maybe organic produce. In theDistrict of Columbia, you can visit Eastern Market and the DC Farmer’s Market. Both are full of fresh produce and other grocery items.
#2 Fruit Stands- Fruit stands are a great way to buy local produce for the “yuppie/buppie” 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.
#3 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)- This has become very popular over the last couple of years with pretentious people like myself for a variety of reasons. CSA’s offer seasonal local food to members who purchase a subscription. Typically, the subscriber will receive 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, you can view it as a positive because it forces you to learn new styles of cooking and expand your palate.
As you can see, it is possible to get fresh quality produce if you live in major city without spending a fortune. Hopefully, this post will help all those people looking for alternatives to the local grocery store.