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July 17, 2008 9:19 AM

Take a stand on produce stands

Posted by Nancy Leson

Marty House wrote, wondering: "Do you or any of your readers know of a place to find a list of farmers with roadside produce stands? I can easily find farmer's markets, but would love to have a directory of roadside farmers. Nothing better than produce straight from the fields!"

Ain't that the truth, Marty -- though I'd amend your comment to suggest that produce is even better when it comes straight from your own "fields" -- a homegrown advantage that more and more folks are taking advantage of these days. While the potatoes on my "back forty" look pretty good in the photos, below, if you were to take the wider view or my garden, you'd see that with exception to those spuds, the pickins' are slim -- thanks in large part to bad husbandry (mine, not my husband's) and my very brown thumb:


That's why you'll often find me squeezing the Yakima tomatoes at my neighborhood produce stand, Country Farms. And why I'm still royally bummed out that Mrs. Hughes is no longer running a farm stand on her potato farm in Conway. But if I'm anywhere in her vicinity (as I was last weekend), I never fail to stop at Skagit Valley's Snow Goose Produce on Fir Island, where they grow their own enormous (and enormously tender) heads of lettuce, and scoop a mighty mountainous ice cream cone as well.

But back to your original question. Perhaps you missed Karen Gaudette's recent article about farm tours, which includes notes on farms that sell their fresh produce on-site.

And perhaps, as you suggest, my Eaters can help us all out by turning us on to their favorite farm stands. (Anyone? Anyone?) Let's hear it for those "out on the farm," as well as the many produce stands that crop up on our city streets.

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