Usually, I reserve my farmer’s market trips for the fall
when pumpkins are a plenty, or late winter when, in Plant City,
Strawberries are plump and ready for purchase. But when you’re on a
budget, your local farmer’s market might be just the place to
really make your dollar stretch!
decided to pay a visit to Parksdale Farms out in east Tampa. As I
pulled up, I realized that the parking lot seemed a little scarce.
It was then that I read the sign “Closed until August 22”
I decided to head
back west and hit another market that I had bought strawberries at
earlier in the year. Johnson’s Produce Stand off Branch Forbes Road
and I-4 is a great family owned market where the produce is fresh
and the prices are just my style. I was able to get a plethora of
fresh fruits and veggies for a fraction of the price I would have
paid at the supermarket. For $17.00, I got:
6 limes, 4
lemons, 1 eggplant, 2 baskets of cherry tomatoes, 2 mangoes, 2
avocados, 1 cantaloupe, 3 cucumbers, 4 yellow squash, 5 nectarines,
2 onions, and 3 bulbs of garlic.
And if you take a look at my
pics below, you’ll see that all of these little gems are a decent
size! No puny plants here.
So the next time
you have a moment, try a local farmer’s market. You’ll be glad you