I love food shopping. I really do. I love wandering aisles and checking out things I’ve never seen before – especially if those things are in the produce section. I love finding new-to-me varieties of fruits and veggies. I love stocking up on favorites, too, and lately, that’s been radishes. I bring a salad to work most days, for lunch, and just about every salad I’ve made in the past few months has included radish.
Last week, I heard about a farm stand in my new neighborhood, and my friend Katie said it was awesome. So, earlier today, my friend Sean (Katie’s husband) and I put on our masks and went to check it out.
It’s called Irma’s, and it’s a little operation smack in the middle of a residential area.
Irma’s isn’t a farm itself, but it brings in all sorts of produce from local Michigan farms. It’s very similar to a farmers’ market, but with all the goods arranged on the back of big carts.
There was a lot of corn there today, and melons and tomatoes too, and a ton of yellow peppers, that they were selling individually or by the bushel.
They had gorgeous, big zucchini labeled “smaller zucchini,” which surprised me because they looked really big to me, but then I turned around and saw giant zucchini. (I’m actually stocked up on zucchini at the moment, so I didn’t buy any, at any size.)
They had a nice assortment of fresh-from-the-farm produce – mainly vegetables. Summer fruits like peaches are winding down, and it’s a little early for the big fall apple and pear crop, but I did find a couple goodies. (Apparently, this establishment is officially called ‘Irma’s Vegetables’ so maybe that’s why there isn’t a bigger focus on fruit?)
I haven’t done a good produce haul photo in ages. They used to be a regular feature on my blog, but they’ve fallen by the wayside as I’ve focused on other content. Well, it’s time for a comeback! (In this post, at least!)
Check out what I purchased at Irma’s!
Those are plums in the white bowl, and moving counter-clockwise from there, we have:
- three bell peppers (they were three for $2, so I got two purple and one yellow)
- a carton of ‘early’ Bartlett pears, some of which are adorably tiny
- a sweet onion (they called it a ‘candy onion’)
- and a pint of cherry tomatoes
See? Some of thee Bartlett’s are adorably tiny!
And here’s one of the purple peppers up close. I just love oddly-colored vegetables, and I haven’t seen purple vegetables in years!
Most of these vegetables are going to end up in my salads – although I may sauté the onion and pepper as part of a dinner. Both the plums and pears are a few days away from being ripe, but I can’t wait to dig in once they are!
Oh, and the best part: I spent about $16 on everything – Irma’s is very well priced!
It’s places like Irma’s that makes food shopping fun for me. And, that, in turn, makes cooking and eating vegetables fun. And who wouldn’t want that?
Keep it up, David!
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