Should You Get Vegetables From The Farmers Market?

vegetables on a farmers market

I buy vegetables in the farmer’s market – prices are lower, and the range is much more interesting than in supermarkets. But sometimes sellers in the farmer markets are cunning. Read these tips that’ll help you to bring home delicious and inexpensive vegetables easily.

Compare prices

First, go around the farmers market, study the assortment, and compare the offers. The prices of the farmer’s market are not the same. They depend on the tent’s location, the seasonality of the products, the prices at the wholesale centers, and the sellers’ margins.

Sellers are often disingenuous when they name the country of origin of vegetables and fruits. Where the fruit is actually brought from can be found from the documents – the seller must have a certificate for each product. But for me, this is an extra gimmick. Taste is much more important to me than information about the origin.

Buy in the morning and evening.

The farmer makes the biggest discounts at the beginning and the end of the day – around 8-9 am and around 8 pm. Early in the morning, when there are still few buyers, the farmer needs to make their first sale. This is their superstition: the first buyer needs to give in so that there are more sales per day.

In the evening, you need to sell the vegetables so as not to spoil. This is why farmers are willing to give volume discounts. For example, they can sell 1.5 kilograms of potatoes for the price of one. Therefore, it is beneficial to shop with friends in the evening and then share the item brought.

On the days before the holidays, prices are inflated. If there are a lot of people in the market, they may even cheat. Count your change carefully, avoid queues, and walk around with a list, so you stay alert.

Check Products

Common mistake buyers make not to check what they put in the package. Farmer displays beautiful products on display and gives the tastiest samples to taste, and the bag contains fragments of frozen squid, avocados frozen to blackness, and peaches with rotten sides. Collect the products yourself. If the farmer is against you, touching the food, ask them to weigh what you like.

Find your seller

Good acquaintances in the farmers market work to guarantee quality purchases and a discount card in supermarkets. Your farmer will make a discount and advise you on keeping fresh greens longer or cooking fish deliciously.

If you try to built up an relationship with the sellers and show more interest in their products they will be more willing to give you a better deal and possibly a higher quality.

Bargaining is not a shame.

The farmer market is highly competitive, and there are no fixed prices in most locations. Therefore, it is a great place to practice your trading skills. Feel free to ask for a discount, especially if you charge a lot. Farmers are often accommodating when they offer to buy three for the price of two. 

If you need more tips you can read my cooking tips and tricks here on this page, and keep coming back to read more on how to improve your cooking in and outdoors. You can also leave some tips on how to do that.

George Sneed

Here’s How You Can Make Your Gift More Personal

puppet receiving a gift from a hand

I have been writing about food and where to buy it now for a while and here is something related to buying but not to food. This is all about presents and how to make them more personal.

The gifts transform year after year into a stressful nightmare, with demands that have ended up drowning out the true sense: the simple loving gesture of giving something. How to get out of it?

Meet The Person

The best way to deliver an insignificant and not very valuable gift is to have no idea what the person’s tastes are, something about their history, or not to consider it at the time of your purchase. As receivers, we know that it is something that happens often. Do you want to give a gift with meaning?

The most important thing in exchanging gifts is showing that you know the person well and care about them.

To give you a nice example I can tell you this. I have a friend who like to cook. isn’t that a surprise?, and spend a lot of time in her kitchen. prepping and cooking.

Recently she had a birthday and I decided to make it more personal and started looking online for something nice, personal and would fit her kitchen decor. I found a piece of kitchen wall art in the shape of a clock. You can see here where I found it https://personalstartshere.com/kitchen-signs/.

This is a nice example of a personalized kitchen sign and she loved it and it hangs on her kitchen wall now.

For this reason, someone who gives meaningful gifts does not usually buy the same gift ever, even if they are people who individually would appreciate the gift and who would never find out what the other received. He also suggests that the solution is not to choose the gift based on what we would like to give but to “get into” the other’s head to determine what they want to receive. Is it not “what would I like him to wear/have/do,” but “what would he/she by himself/herself?

If it’s a secret office friend, don’t worry. You may not know that person perfectly, but try to find out a taste or hobby they have talked about in recent months, that is enough and plenty.

Give experiences, not objects.

The impact is greater if they are close people, adds a study, and can be especially significant for children.

If gifts are the time to express and forge love, one of the best ways to do it is with your own time,” says Pugh. “That will always be a very powerful gift.”

And for those who still doubt, there is more evidence. People who expect a material gift but receive an experiential one still report being satisfied, whereas the other way around they are not.

Choose the perfect balance.

The eternal struggle between consumerism and “do it yourself” is a matter of taste rather than certainty. The balance formula is essential to avoid spending a lot and, at the same time, giving an intimate touch to your presents. Combine items made by you with other purchases. Let your imagination fly with Christmas cards, wrappers, letters, photographs, or other personal items to achieve the expected effect.

Avoid Surprises

Avoid classic wrapping paper and change it for papers that you can design and intervene. Swap sticky cards for handwritten cards in your handwriting. You will give your gifts a different touch, and the person will know that you spent time and effort on them.

Question

If you have no idea what to buy but want to have a nice gesture with someone, don’t be afraid to ask what they want or what they need. You may not surprise him, but at least you will give him a detail that will be useful, he will like it and will not end up in the trash.

Another good option is gift vouchers. Although some consider them a bit impersonal, they are an alternative when you do not know well who you are going to give.

If you have any experience with personalizing gifts feel free to tell me how and what below.

George.

Wine and temperature

sign in window with the word wine

Before I start talking about the subject of wine and the relation to the temperature to serve it on I have to admit that I have never been too crazy about wine.

I am more a beer drinker and maybe the reason for that is that I always thought of wine as a drink for women and beer more as a drink for men.

Recently I have become more of a wine drinker. The reason is that I figured out that I most of the time drank my wine at the wrong temperature.

I have a friend, and he is more of a wine expert, and although he always had a beer cold for me when we had dinner together he kept pushing me to try wine with the meals our families had together.

After a long time, I decided to give in and starting to drink more wine and I have to be honest and mention here that I started to like it more and more.

I will never be an expert and I found out that you do not have to be one to enjoy a good glass of wine.

My friend has a website and was actually the on that told me to start this blog you are reading now about food in general.

He showed me that it makes a huge difference in taste when you serve wine at the right temperature and he even let me taste the difference to convince me.

Chilled Wine

glass being filled with red wine

He keeps his wine chilled in a wine refrigerator and wrote about them on his website. He chose a u-line as a brand and wrote a whole Uline wine cooler review on his website.

Since he is the expert I assume that he knows what he is talking about and I believe him when he mentioned and explained to me why he preferred a U-line. I am not ready to have my own wine fridge but am in the process of finding a cooler just for one bottle.

The reason is that besides that I am starting to enjoy wine more, in general, I also found, or actually new already for years, that wine has some great health benefits.

One of the benefits that I personally experienced is that when I drink a glass of wine at night I sleep better. According to the Mayo Clinic the resveratrol in wine, which comes from the fermented skin, is a very healthy ingredient in wine.

I am not sure if I will ever become a wine lover like some of my friends, but I am enjoying a good glass of wine more and more.

Beer or Wine?

I still like my nice cold beer but now I know that wine has to be served on the right temperature to give it its optimal flavor I have changed my mind that wine is more for women that fro men.

If you have an opinion about wine, wine coolers or anything related to this subject feel free to let us know in the comments below.

George.

Buying meat online?

hand with credit card in it in front of computer screen

Recently I have been on a search to find an answer to the question if you should buy meat online and how safe that is.

I am also trying to figure out how certain it is that you receive the meat that you ordered and not some random piece from a farm far away.

In other words, I am trying to figure out how honest and reliable all the meat stores are that are popping up more and more on the internet.

My Circumstances

I guess I am in the lucky circumstance that I have a lot of farms around me and that I know a few of them personally.

This means that I know where their meat is coming from and how it is raised. I am very interested in where my food is coming from and this was one of my concerns with ordering online.

What I did

I spend a lot of time reading and researching this and my conclusion is that I have not found any problem with the more well-known sites where you can order online.

They are very transparent in what farms they use and in some cases, it is even the farm itself that is taking care of all the processing, ordering and shipping.

One of the ones with a good reputation is the Farmfoods and if you like to read you can read this Farmfoods review on this website.

Besides this farm, I have also found several other ones that have been around for a while now and in my opinion, they would not still be around if they are not delivering what they say they do.

This means that one of the best tips I can give you is to read as many customer reviews you can find on as many websites as you can find. The reviews on their own sites are, in my opinion, somewhat biased.

What can you order?

In my research, I have found that you can order basically any type of meat. I have even found some exotic meats that I probably would never eat myself, but I guess there is a market for it.

Personally I like grass-fed and finished beef and pork that is raised naturally and not stuffed with all kinds of food that they would never eat in nature.

This brings me to the next point and I think I will write a whole article about that addition to the one I wrote here already.

Quality of the meat

In general, I think that there is nothing wrong with the meat you order online since it even comes frozen to your house in most cases.

I think, however, that if you order regular non-grass-finished beef you might as well go to your local supermarket.

The reason for that is that the only two benefits are that you know where your meat is coming from and it will be delivered to your doorsteps.

For me personally that is not worth the higher price you pay for it, but you might have a different opinion about that.

Summary

In summarizing up what I found out is that it is safe to buy meat online and the only thing I suggest is to order from stores that you researched or one that has been around for a while.

If you, however, do not order grass-finished beef or natural pork you might as well save money and buy it from your local store or a big box store.

George Sneed

Benefits of grass-fed and finished beef

I would trade my kidney for meat at any time (just kidding!) But to be honest, my love for beef is one of the few things that I am sure about in life. And if you love beef as much as I do, then you would understand that not all beef is the same. Some are grass-fed, while others are grain-fed, and some are grass-finished.

Plat with a nice cooked steak

The difference between the grass-fed and grass-finished beef is that grass-finished beef is obtained from cattle that was purely fed with grass while grass-fed may be used to refer to cattle that were primarily fed on grass, but with other supplements included.

But the bottom line is, both are obtained from cattle fed primarily on grass. And in this article, I am going to look at some of the benefits that you get from grass-fed beef and why you need to find the best place to buy grass-fed beef.

However, I found that it is hard to find information where you can buy grass-fed and finished beef.

My friend Peter Jameson from the Couch Potato Delivery website did a great job of having a look at all these online meat stores.

If you like to see someone else his opinion you can have a look at this video.

A lower amount of calories

I believe that one of the things that you watch out for when taking any meal is the number of calories that it has. At the end of the day, you do not want to become overweight by taking too many calories.

It is essential to point out the amount of fat in grass-fed beef is significantly low compared to any other form of beef in the market. This is because the cattle feed on a relatively cleaner and more natural diet. 

High levels of omega-3

Do you know of the great benefits that omega-3 has? Well, grass-fed beef makes a good source of this nutrient. When compared to grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef provides six times more omega-3 fatty acids.

If you are not aware, omega-3 helps with decreasing inflammation, which is essential for people who have rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps with fighting depression and improves your ability to focus more.

No risk of heart disease

As of 2016, more than 17.9 million people had died from cardiovascular diseases, and you would only imagine how high the numbers are in 2020. One of the best ways of preventing such diseases is by watching what you eat.

Grass-fed beef provides the best alternative to healthy meals that reduce the risk of getting a heart disease due to its lower fat levels. Grass-fed beef is also rich in vitamin E, which is essential in improving your heart’s health.

Potential Cancer Fighter

One of the most dreaded diseases of our ages is cancer. If not detected early enough, it is almost impossible to survive it, and even for those that are lucky enough to have it caught early, getting treatment is usually quite expensive.

That said, what if someone told you that there’s a cheaper and effective way to ward off this deadly disease? Yes, there is, and it can be obtained from grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef is rich in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which is known to be an effective nutrient in fighting cancer.

My Conclusion

I don’t know about you, but I would not want to miss out on the amazing benefits that that grass-fed and grass-finished beef have. If you’ve been avoiding meat for any reason that’s not medical, it is time you find the best place to buy grass-fed beef and enjoy a tasty yet nutritious meal.

George Sneed

Cost-Effective Tips To Purchasing BBQ Grills

High quality barbecue grills generally come with a high price tag, however all is not lost. Whether you are looking for a replacement or you are in the early stages of ending up being a grill-lover, low-cost barbecue grills are your ideal solution to delectable barbecue meals without having to break bank.

Find your preferred grill

– Choose your preferred grill. Before beginning your hunt on cheap barbecue grills, it is necessary that you need to decide what type of gas grill will suit your requirements best. The most common kind of barbecue grills that you can purchase a low cost would be charcoal grill and gas grill. Both choices will have their own list of downsides and benefits, thus you must know the advantages and disadvantages in order to make an educated choice.

What material?

– Prioritize material and resilience. You will be searching for a low-cost barbecue grill, it is still important to keep an eye on the kind of product utilized. There are some cheap grills which are still made from stainless steel or cast iron and these are far much better choices than those made from painted plastic grills. Other materials that you can consider are those with quality enamel finishes or those made from thermal painted steel.

Price range

– Forget the elegant features. Keep in mind that you have a spending plan to stick to therefore stray away from those with features that you may not even use. Gas grill with rotisserie or side burners can appear appealing, but unless you are planning to host a large party a number of times in a month, these options are not worth the extra hundreds of dollars.
As with any product in the market, the rule of supply and need also applies to barbecue grills. Prices for barbecue grills will eventually drop down when the cold season begins to set in, so schedule shopping for one throughout the fall and winter season.

 

Find your store

– Know where to buy. At the first thought of buying a grill, you will most likely head instantly to big stores which sell gas grill in all brand names and sizes. Nevertheless, an excellent tip that you can think about is to search for rates online prior to visiting such shops. This will give you an idea of how much a top quality grill will cost on an average. Aside from inspecting the prices online, you can likewise examine if you have grilling specialized shops or outside pastime shops within your vicinity as the prices here can be fairly cheaper. Another benefit that you can receive from these stores is that the majority of the people who offer or man these shops are outdoor or grill lovers as well, so they can in fact give you more information and assist you choose the right type of economical outdoor grill.
The look for the affordable yet high quality gas grill can be rather tough but it is likewise extremely pleasing in the end, especially if you scored a great deal. When shopping for cheap gas grill, always make certain that the item includes a long-term warranty. Keep in mind that proper upkeep is the most essential secret in making your grill last for a long duration of time once you got your barbecue grill.

What fits your needs

Prior to beginning out your hunt on cheap barbecue grills, it is essential that you have to decide exactly what kind of barbecue grill will match your needs best. The most typical type of barbecue grills that you can purchase at a low cost would be charcoal grill and gas grill. At the very first idea of purchasing a grill, you will probably head right away to huge stores which offer barbecue grills in all brand names and sizes. Another benefit that you can get from these shops is that many of the individuals who sell or man these shops are outdoor or grill enthusiasts as well, so they can in fact give you more info and assist you pick the best kind of economical barbecue grill.
When you got your barbecue grill, keep in mind that correct upkeep is the most important key in making your grill last for a long duration of time.