Monday, October 26, 2009
Fresh Vegetables vs. Store-bought
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Penne Pasta with Basil 6 servings
From a recent trip to the green market I purchased a beautiful, organic sweet red pepper. It was much larger than the red peppers at the regular supermarket at nearly twice the size (pictured above). I paid two dollars and forty-nine cents per pound for these organic peppers which was exactly one dollar less per pound than the non organic ones in the supermarket. I asked the farmer when that pepper was harvested and he informed me that it was picked about five am that morning which means that I purchased it when it was six hours old.
I asked a local supermarket produce manager about the vegetables he receives and he stated that when they receive a shipment it is usually about two to three days old. He says that they remain on the supermarket floor for one to two days. So it would be possible for the vegetables and fruits purchased in this supermarket to be between three and five days old.
By purchasing fruits and vegetables at the farmers market you get better looking, fresher, much larger, organic produce for a significantly cheaper price. It makes the most sense.
Caricoʼs Ultra-Vac Food Storage System is one of the best ways to keep your fresh vegetables fresh. By vacuum sealing the container it actually helps keep foods fresh three to five times longer.
Caricoʼs Nutri-Tech Juice Extraction System is a delicious way to enjoy all the tremendous benefits that come with juicing and a trip to the farmers market.