Dear Foodie: Famer’s Market Phobia

Dear Foodie,
I go to the Farmer’s Market regularly, but as of late I find I am overwhelmed by all the produce that I am encountering all at once. I have nightmares of smothering in bins of over ripe tomatoes, cantalopes and sweet corn. I am ready to finally give up and go to my local grocery store and buy frozen Green Giant varieties – hard to believe that big green guy is much less threatening than my friendly local farmer What can I do? – Smothering in all the Fresh Places

Dear Smothering,
Despite your farmer’s market phobia (which is an growing epidemiological phenomenon happening with greater frequency and characterized by a certain “flight” response and tendency of its victims to have the nightmares you describe), this will continue as farmers markets proliferate – with perhaps a new entry into the psychologist’s diagnostic manual to be announced – it could be farmarkaphobia – along with the latest designee: obsesity. My advice? Continue to go and approach your purchases with ATTITUDE. Make your farmer’s day by marching up to the first stand you encounter and purchase a bushel of tomatoes and then dare the little suckers to “break bad.” Just go to and get the scoop on how to preserve nearly every veggie imaginable. Sounds real simple to me even though I don’t know a flippin’ thing about preserving anything. My guilt is my guiding principle knowing that we waste about 40 percent of our food in this country. The goods last for about six months in your freezer. Oh, and by the way, when the millions of my followers read this and go on a buying spree – not for tomatoes and beets – but for freezers – be ahead of the game and buy some stock in General Electric. You can feel good that you loved your farmer and your factory worker at the same time. (After all, you need to overcome the fact that the much of the world views you as an elitist just because you shop at Farmers Markets!)

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