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Market in Guanajuato Mexico

Market in Guanajuato Mexico

Travel offers opportunity to try foods you might normally not see in your local market.  Wherever you go, visit the local grocery store, farmer’s market or street vendor.  In Guanajuato, there’s a vast two level city market built with great style and flair.  Navigate up the iron steps to the galleria on the top level where you can look down on the passing scene  then stroll around to buy Mexican candied delicacies, cacao, hammocks, clothes and every type of food.  On the streets around the market, small purveyors offer fruit at outdoor markets with prices marked on boards or called out by hawkers.

The delicate normal-sized strawberries sold during Spring carry stupendous taste.  Nothing sold in el Norte comes close for flavor intensity.

Time to sign up for your fresh vegetables for the next growing season of 2013.

National database of CSA farmers

Local Harvest explains that “Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.”

Here are links to maps and lists that specify locations of  producers in the DC-MD-VA area.


Montgomery County, MD

USDA resources on CSA

Maryland Farmers Market listed by county

Montgomery County list.

These folks are our food allies. Give them your business and talk to others about the issues local farmers face.  Diminishing land near urban centers and water scarcity are just two of many challenges.  Support local farmers and you’ll always have food growing nearby.

Promotion for Edible Communitiesedible Communities publications connect local small-scale food producers with customers.   The magazines are linked to regions or urban centers and feature interviews with organic farmers, recipes, talks with chefs, vendors and regulators. Gorgeous design, graphics and photographs enhance the edible Communities publications.  — Check out Edible Radio!

Nationally, the Edible Community of sustainable food  and organic farming advocates represent a significant audience of good food enthusiasts.

I met the co-founder, Tracey Ryder, years ago in one of the food writing workshops I teach for the University of California, Los Angeles.  At the time, she featured Edible Ojai in the portfolio of publications.  Marvelous to watch the concept grow and the audience for organic farm food expand exponentially.

Thank you, Tracey and colleagues, for your efforts to promote farmers and  the pleasures of food.  The James Beard Foundation Award, 2011 is well-deserved.


Fresh Farm Markets DC (“DC” means Maryland, Delaware and Virginia as well as the District  of Columbia).  Patronize these  farmers and producers who are the allies of cooks and curators of fine food.

Why buy from local farmers when the mega-mart offers bargain food and it’s wrapped in see through plastic?  Read the short answers here, but think about the long answer.  Do you know who grows your food?  Have you talked to the person who picked your dinner from the coop or field?

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