Ladson Flea Market Produce

tomatoesI’m all for taste when it comes to our food. I don’t have a budget**, right now, that affords the ability to eat all organic. I buy Free Range eggs, organic milk, and Land of Lakes Butter, because its what we like best. I am, also, switching, to organic and whole sugars.. and bought my first bag of whole wheat pastry flour, to experiment with, recently.

I’m okay with buying my salad fixings at Sam’s. I buy six large Romaine Heads and three packs of Euro Cucumbers rather inexpensively. I, usually, pick up bags of some variety of “sweet” onions, and garlic, there, too.

But, I’ve been buying my tomatoes and peppers at the Ladson Flea Market.

I know the produce is not local. I know its not organic, for many reasons.. I’ve accepted what it means to have “perfect appearing” fruits and vegetables. Its not always ideal.. but in the taste department, this produce is not unlike what I would buy at my local supermarket.

Its hard to describe to you where I go.. but I do have a specific method to my madness, because I am not a flea market kind of girl.

I call the larger/wider area, of parking, when you first go in.. to be “The Front,” and the sort-of West side to be “The Side.”

It takes me 20 minutes to park, go directly where I want to be, “shop” and “check out.” Easy for me.

Peppers and Tomatoes are lined on tables in baskets. You take a plastic (yeah, I know.. but I’m not fighting their system, yet..) shopping bag and empty the plastic basket contents into it and move along to your next “find.”

Until last week, I only bought from the vendor towards “The West” side because after checking most of them out, I could get what I needed all in one place.. their product has been acceptable and the price is right.

Off the top of my head, the produce I remember seeing there, includes:
(prices are off the top of my head, from last week..)

  • Dried Chilies by the pound
  • Avocados (most vendors were $2/ea, last week, and I’ve seen them cheaper in the supermarket.)
  • Roma Tomatoes ($3/basket of about 16-18)
  • Jalapenos (I’ve never purchased/needed a whole basket.)
  • Onions, of many varieties, but I haven’t seen any “Sweet.”
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Scallions
  • Cilantro
  • Jicama ($1/lb)
  • Plums
  • Watermelon
  • Oranges
  • Lemons (4/$1)
  • Limes
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Mangos

There are more, that I can’t really recall, at the moment, too.

A few weeks ago, at the large vendor towards “The West,” I was given (free) four serrano chilies. I did not get a chance, to check-out, near the chilies and didn’t ask how much just a few would cost, last week. I have also been offered a price for a “handful,” instead of a basket.

One of the vendors, on “The Front” side, closer to wear I parked, when I first went in.. had larger beefsteak type tomatoes.. They weren’t huge, but they fit a burger nicely. They felt like they had a pesticide dusting on them, too.

I store my tomatoes on the counter, until I feel that they need to be refrigerated to prolong life.. so a few days, usually, but the larger tomatoes, I picked up, last week, are still in a bowl on my counter.. I wash them as I use them, to prolong their “shelf life” too. (The photo is the tomatoes, after sitting, on my counter, for a week!)

I don’t usually eat raw tomatoes, personally, except in salsa. Last week, however, as I sliced these tomatoes, for burgers.. they were deep red.. firm.. and yummy looking. I had a slice on my burger and I was impressed.

A basket of these had seven large tomatoes, and it was only $2. (That was less than my “usual” vendor.) I also purchased six serrano chilies and four very large jalapeno’s, for a quarter, each.

Please let me know if you check it out..

**If you can eat all organic, good for you. I tend to balance my budget with taste, right now, so please do not send me any hate mail. :)

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Ladson Flea Market Produce

tomatoesI’m all for taste when it comes to our food. I don’t have a budget**, right now, that affords the ability to eat all organic. I buy Free Range eggs, organic milk, and Land of Lakes Butter, because its what we like best. I am, also, switching, to organic and whole sugars.. and bought my first bag of whole wheat pastry flour, to experiment with, recently.

I’m okay with buying my salad fixings at Sam’s. I buy six large Romaine Heads and three packs of Euro Cucumbers rather inexpensively. I, usually, pick up bags of some variety of “sweet” onions, and garlic, there, too.

But, I’ve been buying my tomatoes and peppers at the Ladson Flea Market.

I know the produce is not local. I know its not organic, for many reasons.. I’ve accepted what it means to have “perfect appearing” fruits and vegetables. Its not always ideal.. but in the taste department, this produce is not unlike what I would buy at my local supermarket.

Its hard to describe to you where I go.. but I do have a specific method to my madness, because I am not a flea market kind of girl.

I call the larger/wider area, of parking, when you first go in.. to be “The Front,” and the sort-of West side to be “The Side.”

It takes me 20 minutes to park, go directly where I want to be, “shop” and “check out.” Easy for me.

Peppers and Tomatoes are lined on tables in baskets. You take a plastic (yeah, I know.. but I’m not fighting their system, yet..) shopping bag and empty the plastic basket contents into it and move along to your next “find.”

Until last week, I only bought from the vendor towards “The West” side because after checking most of them out, I could get what I needed all in one place.. their product has been acceptable and the price is right.

Off the top of my head, the produce I remember seeing there, includes:
(prices are off the top of my head, from last week..)

  • Dried Chilies by the pound
  • Avocados (most vendors were $2/ea, last week, and I’ve seen them cheaper in the supermarket.)
  • Roma Tomatoes ($3/basket of about 16-18)
  • Jalapenos (I’ve never purchased/needed a whole basket.)
  • Onions, of many varieties, but I haven’t seen any “Sweet.”
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Scallions
  • Cilantro
  • Jicama ($1/lb)
  • Plums
  • Watermelon
  • Oranges
  • Lemons (4/$1)
  • Limes
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Mangos

There are more, that I can’t really recall, at the moment, too.

A few weeks ago, at the large vendor towards “The West,” I was given (free) four serrano chilies. I did not get a chance, to check-out, near the chilies and didn’t ask how much just a few would cost, last week. I have also been offered a price for a “handful,” instead of a basket.

One of the vendors, on “The Front” side, closer to wear I parked, when I first went in.. had larger beefsteak type tomatoes.. They weren’t huge, but they fit a burger nicely. They felt like they had a pesticide dusting on them, too.

I store my tomatoes on the counter, until I feel that they need to be refrigerated to prolong life.. so a few days, usually, but the larger tomatoes, I picked up, last week, are still in a bowl on my counter.. I wash them as I use them, to prolong their “shelf life” too. (The photo is the tomatoes, after sitting, on my counter, for a week!)

I don’t usually eat raw tomatoes, personally, except in salsa. Last week, however, as I sliced these tomatoes, for burgers.. they were deep red.. firm.. and yummy looking. I had a slice on my burger and I was impressed.

A basket of these had seven large tomatoes, and it was only $2. (That was less than my “usual” vendor.) I also purchased six serrano chilies and four very large jalapeno’s, for a quarter, each.

Please let me know if you check it out..

**If you can eat all organic, good for you. I tend to balance my budget with taste, right now, so please do not send me any hate mail. :)

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