I visited the Sarasota Farmer’s Market last Saturday and decided to write a quick post about it. I have been to the Farmer’s Market many times but haven’t visited it recently because of the how busy this past semester has been. But I have really tried to buy local and organic lately and the market is the best place to do that, so I made time to take a trip and get some groceries.
There is a small vendor near the front of the market that sells pineapples and coconuts. You can buy a coconut for two bucks and he will drill a hole in it and pop in a straw so you can drink the milk. This is one of my favorite things to get at the Farmer’s Market because I love the fresh taste of the milk and the fact that you can bring the coconut home and crack it open to eat it later. On this visit I was standing behind someone who asked the vendor “do you harvest the coconuts yourself?” and he sheepishly said, “no, they actually come from Mexico”. The person who asked replied, “oh, cool!” but I made the decision not to buy one. I was disappointed to miss out on something I really enjoy, but I was more disappointed that even at the Farmer’s Market, some vendors are selling imported fruits and vegetables. It made me realize that you can’t just assume that something is organic or sustainable because of where it’s being sold. It’s important to ask questions about where your food comes from and how it is grown.
Despite missing out on the coconut, I was happy to visit some of my favorite organic and local vendors. There are many options at the market, so make sure you check before you purchase!
Here is a random Sarasotan with his coconut beverage at the Farmer’s Market. Read his blog about how much he loves coconuts if you so desire.