1. Chicken. Huge lesson learned! When the lady at the farmers market told me the price, I thought she meant total...nope, that was per pound! Yikes! I paid 17 stinkin' dollars for a chicken! Although, I talked to a friend of mine who raises chickens and she said they normally sell around $20, so apparently I got a good deal. I think it's crazy, but I suppose that's just because I don't understand what it takes to raise those kind of chickens. But, $17.00 later, 3 meals and lots of chicken broth later, I can tell you that I could not tell a difference from an organic one at the store.
2. Spinach. Huge difference in produce from the farmers market! The spinach we've been buying is so fresh that Princess P will eat it plain out of the bag.
3. Eggs. Biggest difference. We weren't able to make it to the market this weekend, so I picked up some organic eggs from the store. I made Hubs breakfast this morning and had 2 farm eggs left...it was crazy to see the difference.
|Top egg: store bought, organic|
Bottom egg: farm
Farm eggs are bigger, have a richer taste and the yokes are a deep orange. They usually run $4 a dozen at the market and you can easily spend more than that for organic eggs at the store.
Wondering why my farm eggs is in a mason jar lid? Hubs loves breakfast sandwiches, so I was attempting to make a circle egg to fit on an english muffin. It was a good idea in theory, but the egg stuck to the sides and was a flop. I'll save the time, just order a silicone form from Amazon.
The kicker with eggs is, if we don't get to the market early enough, they run out. We've considered joining a local co-op, but there's a substantial membership fee. So we're debating if it's worth it...what do you think?