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Best practices for eating organic, minus the bugs

I get organic produce from either a local Whole Foods or farmer's market, and some items (especially lettuces) come with a fair share of bugs. I totally prefer this to ingesting a bunch of pesticides, but I would like to minimize my bug contact/ingestion as much as possible. Specific questions within. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Jun 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Where can I buy escarole (broad-leaved endive) in SF today?

I was hoping to make an escarole (broad-leaved endive) dish for Thanksgiving tomorrow, but haven't been able to find anywhere to actually buy escarole. [more inside]
posted by outlaw of averages on Nov 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Tired of eating plates of beans as a salad course

Can you give me step-by-step instructions on how to pick out salad ingredients after arriving at a supermarket or farmer's market? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Sep 22, 2012 - 14 answers

How bountiful is your CSA?

Participants in CSA/Community Supported Agriculture/local farm cropshares-- on average, how much produce does your regular share contain? How does the overall cost stack up against retail veggie pricing? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 28, 2012 - 31 answers

How to stop being intimidated by the farmer's market?

Help me stop being intimidated by my local farmer's market. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jul 15, 2012 - 40 answers

Farmers' Marketing

I'm looking for a primer on the business-side of the small-scale produce production. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Jan 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Where to get cheap and fresh fruits and veggies in Alexandria, VA?

Grocery shopping in Alexandria, VA without a car and on a $200/month budget? [more inside]
posted by elisse on Jan 28, 2012 - 25 answers

They have a lovely silvery-blue hue and maybe also moonletters?

How can I find and devour blue java (also known as "ice cream") bananas, those rarest and most delectable of all bananas known to man and God? [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Jul 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Asian Groceries in Capitol Hill

Asian groceries (and other good produce) in Seattle's Capitol Hill? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Jun 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Summertime and the cooking is easy... right?

Fast, fresh summer weeknight dinners that don't involve a grill. Hit me with your best shot. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jun 27, 2011 - 22 answers

Is a yellow part of a cut red onion bad?

Sometimes when I cut a red onion I will see that part of the skin (underneath the flakiest outer layers), usually near the root, looks different from the rest of the skin. It's not red, and shiny, it's yellow and duller, and it and feels a touch softer than the surrounding skin. Is this rot or mold, or something more innocuous?
posted by shivohum on Jun 9, 2011 - 3 answers

The more aphids, the higher the quality?

Does buying produce labeled organic mean I am also down for buying food that is covered in dirt and bugs? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jun 3, 2011 - 21 answers

Apples and cherries, dropped in diamond disarray.

I don't understand farmers' markets in my area. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Mar 6, 2011 - 32 answers

Mass Produce Homemade Pottery

I am interested in creating a serving dish (bowl) that I think would sell rather well... If i make a prototype and want to mass produce it and say sell on Etsy.com how would I do this? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Sep 11, 2010 - 7 answers

What do creative people drink in the fall?

I'm looking for the most delicious and creative fall/winter themed cocktails. Caveats and bonus point opportunities inside. [more inside]
posted by deep thought sunstar on Sep 2, 2010 - 20 answers

What is this plant that was in our CSA box?

What is this plant that came in our CSA box today? The bunch is about 10-12 inches long, it smells vaguely like cilantro but without so much "soapiness", and the leaves are somewhat fennel-like. The flowers are small and pinkish to purplish.
posted by matildaben on Jun 8, 2010 - 25 answers

At the farms gate...

I have family visiting me here in Sydney from overseas and I'd love to take them on a fresh produce tour of the Hawkesbury farm trail. Problem is, we have just one day, theres a lot to choose from and I'm not sure what would be the best option! [more inside]
posted by Admira on Apr 27, 2010 - 0 answers

Help me find out where my food comes from & how it's disposed when living in Europe.

I'm having a hard time finding information about the agriculture and trash systems & practices in Europe. Basically I'd like to know where my food comes from and how waste is disposed of when living there. When I pick up a piece of produce from Portugal, I want to understand what that means. [more inside]
posted by scazza on Mar 31, 2010 - 5 answers

I know what's good.

How do I become a buyer for a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by chan.caro on Aug 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Is it alright to buy fresh produce on Saturday morning to be used on Tuesday night?

How far ahead can I buy farmer's market produce? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Aug 28, 2009 - 10 answers

First, they came for my cherries, and I said nothing...

Help me understand why taking my cherries at the OR-CA border without reimbursement is legal. [more inside]
posted by cheeken on Jul 8, 2009 - 23 answers

Tomato or... not tomato? That's out of the question.

Help us use our abundant home-grown tomatoes, even though our tomato tastes disagree! [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jul 8, 2009 - 33 answers

Produce poems?

I'm looking for poems about food, especially fruits and vegetables. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jun 26, 2009 - 22 answers

Which CSA in San Francisco should we choose?

Please recommend to me a CSA that delivers in San Francisco and anything to look for in establishing a good relationship with the farm. Also, what's it like to be the drop-off site for a CSA? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jun 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Good food in Boston

So, Boston, where do you go for your good food? [more inside]
posted by felix betachat on May 24, 2009 - 19 answers

Backyard Or Farmers' Market?

Help a first-time vegetable gardener strategize what to grow versus what to keep buying at the farmers' market. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Apr 14, 2009 - 24 answers

What was the purple speckled bean I saw in Tamil Nadu, India?

When I lived in Chennai, the produce markets had these large fava-sized/shaped beans that were bright purple and white. They were fresh. Sometimes they came in large similarly colored pods, other times there were shelled. They were edible fresh, though we steamed them for sanitation. They were some of the best beans I've ever had, and reminded me more of fresh pea pods than beans, despite their large size. Any clue what they were?
posted by aussicht on Apr 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Is it safe to buy fresh vegetables at the Asian grocery store?

Is it safe to buy fresh vegetables at the Asian grocery store? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jan 29, 2009 - 52 answers

CSA shopping in Chapel Hill

CSA recommendation in Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Durham, NC? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Leek purchasing ethics, trim in store or not?

The store where I buy my produce carry stubby leeks which have maybe 5-6 inches of usable white leek at most. The store does a poor job trimming, and often the leaves left on weigh more than the usable portion of the leek itself. Much like this.
What are your opinions on my taking a knife and trimming 2/3's of the leaves off before going to the checkout? [more inside]
posted by whoda on Dec 10, 2008 - 31 answers

Evert-fresh Bags in Phildelphia

Evert-Fresh bags in Philly? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Oct 29, 2008 - 3 answers

Getting started producing electronic music?

How does an absolute beginner get started making electronic music? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Oct 28, 2008 - 24 answers

I want to know how to select fruit and veggies at the store!

How can I learn to select produce at the store? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Oct 24, 2008 - 13 answers

Are Safeway organics really organic?

Safeway: regular brands and house brands out the wazoo. It says organic, but is it? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu on Oct 11, 2008 - 11 answers

What is this black thing I found on the inside of my orange?

producefilter: I found a black dot on the inside of an orange slice (the orange is not rotten). What is it? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Sep 27, 2008 - 4 answers

i didn't come from having a bad collogen injections, i just ate a carrot

Food allergies: too much of a good thing? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 11, 2008 - 9 answers

RFIDs makin' life rad! lol

Please tell me where I can find a simple, comprehensive list of codes for all the produce sticker numbers? [more inside]
posted by prodevel on Aug 18, 2008 - 8 answers

How can I make myself into a better manager?

I recently took a job as an evening manager at a grocery store produce department, so, nothing fancy or glamorous. I have 2 - 4 young kids working under me every evening and am seeking advice on how to keep them working, instead of chatting with each other... [more inside]
posted by newfers on Jul 8, 2008 - 35 answers

How can I carry my arugula without a plastic bag?

Farmer's market and co-op conundrum: what can I use to carry my veggies instead of plastic bags? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Feb 23, 2008 - 13 answers

Gigantic vegetables: threat or menace?

My partner staunchly affirms that very large vegetables and fruit from the supermarket are so big because they are GMOs. Can this be true, and is it anything to be afraid of? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Mar 14, 2007 - 37 answers

The Aerogarden. How noisy? How hackable? Alternatives?

The Aerogarden. How noisy? How hackable? Any alternatives that are also "easy" enough for my non-specialist friends? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain on Feb 15, 2007 - 16 answers

Emergen-C Clone

What companies can custom manufactur a food/diet product for me? (Similiar to "Emergen-C") [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Feb 13, 2007 - 4 answers

On the hunt for the elusive Kaffir Lime

Where can I find the ingredients to make Thai food in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by squeak on Feb 12, 2007 - 9 answers

Peas please (in NYC)

In NYC, where can I buy FRESH SHELLED peas? (Not the sprouted peas from Sproutman.) On the A or 2/3 would be great, but I'd love to hear about any possibilities anywhere in the five boroughs.
posted by lorimer on Jan 24, 2007 - 9 answers

Why a wrapped cuke?

Why are cucumbers shrink-wrapped at the grocery store, when no other vegetable or produce is similarly wrapped in plastic?
posted by Robot Johnny on Oct 5, 2006 - 17 answers

Cooking and shopping for one... what are your secrets?

Cooking and shopping for one: What are some good resources? Google is helping some, but not giving me exactly what I want. [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Aug 12, 2006 - 14 answers

How can I get fresh okra in the US, outside of the South?

I want to cook with okra, but I live in the Pacific Northwest. Help with this specific dilemma would be great, or more generically -- any tips on finding produce that seems, at first pass, to be unavailable in a given area? [more inside]
posted by gurple on Mar 21, 2005 - 9 answers

CSA in Manhattan?

Does anyone know of a community garden/produce organization in Manhattan? Someone once mentioned to me that there are groups that run community gardens and deliver fresh produce weekly or monthly for a flat rate. Any ideas?
posted by Caz721 on Sep 21, 2004 - 3 answers

Fresh Fruit

I keep buying produce that tastes terrible, and I know it's because I'm buying stuff out-of-season. I need a really good guide to fruit that tells me when it's best to buy various items. I already found a great book that helps me buy vegetables.
posted by grumblebee on Dec 26, 2003 - 7 answers

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