GUEST POST: From EdenFeed. By: Gretchen Covine, Mom & Founder HUCO Marketing
The Veggie Run Makes it Easy to Bring Home a Bounty.
In this photo I spent $37.59 and filled my entire kitchen table with fresh veggies, fruits, herbs, plants, orange juice and even a strawberry shake. This was an expensive run. This photo you see and this price tag was a veggie run in January and the cold winter inflated my veggie run price tag at least by $5.00 or more.
At least once a month or more depending on our schedules and what we have growing in the yard my mom and I take a veggie run. Going together is more fun and helps me manage the multiple stops and children easier.
I prefer the veggie run to the grocery for a few reasons. First and foremost is the price tag. There is no way I can get all of what you see at the grocery store for this price, even for this more expensive $37.59 price tag.
Second is the quality. I always get better freshness and flavor at the veggie stand especially on things like bananas, berries and tomatoes. Let’s face it food is so much more enjoyable when it tastes good! Not to mention it sure makes it easier to help children develop good eating habits when a strawberry or tomatoes tastes like a strawberry or tomato.
Third, I like the open air and the lack of flyers, etc.
Four, the people that operate these vegetable stands are doing so to feed their families, not to impress their shareholders. When possible I like to support small businesses, being one myself.
Fifth, is simply the experience, not only do I enjoy the time out with my mom. I like the way that the family has come to love “veggie runs” knowing if they want to tag a long they can get a shake and maybe some boiled peanuts and if they choose not to join they know that the house will be flowing with bowls of fresh treats for the rest of the week. I feel rich with a kitchen so well stocked we can make just about anything we want with the ingredients on hand and decorated with bowls of fresh berries, flowers and orchids.
My young boys have become spoiled with flavor. My 6 year old has trouble comprehending taco night without fresh limes and cilantro. My mother and I enjoy the frugal thrill of seeing how many plants and veggies we can fill a car with for about $30 bucks each. One of our stops sells annuals including veggie and herbs for a quarter so sometimes we have to cut a trip short because we actually run out of room in the car.