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Old 12-21-2013, 12:54 PM   #15831
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That's a very nice building! How old is it?

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It was built in 1846. Here's some info on the history from Wikipedia:

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Portsmouth is located on the western side of the Elizabeth River directly across from the City of Norfolk. In 1620, the future site of Portsmouth was recognized as suitable shipbuilding location by John Wood, a shipbuilder, who petitioned King James I of England for a land grant. The surrounding area was soon settled as a plantation community.[4]

Portsmouth was founded by Colonel William Crawford, a wealthy merchant and ship owner, who dedicated the four corners of High and Court streets for a church, a market, a courthouse, and a jail. It was established as a town in 1752 by an act of the Virginia General Assembly and was named for Portsmouth, England.
The city employs a man named Eric Price to portray Col. Crawford at public events, including the farmer's market. He's sort of a town mascot Someone interviewed him last summer and he talked about the market and the town:



Portsmouth, VA, also hosts the longest running annual Memorial Day Parade: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/05/port...ial-day-parade

We're very historically and patriotically minded here
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:01 PM   #15832
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We have a so-called farmer's market, almost no farmers. The fruit and vegis are not top quality and aren't necessarily local. On top of that, the prices aren't very good.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:13 PM   #15833
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We have a so-called farmer's market, almost no farmers. The fruit and vegis are not top quality and aren't necessarily local. On top of that, the prices aren't very good.
I'm sorry to hear that. There's only one farmer at our market, but they have three tents worth of space for their wares. They're 60 miles away in Elizabeth City, NC, but 100 miles is considered local by the organization Buy Fresh/Buy Local. We also have a beef and poultry vendor, a fish vendor, breads, crafts, etc. An Italian restaurant brings fresh mozzarella and pasta sauces and today they had crab soup.

This is a list of the vendors we had this week: This week

And these are the veggies I bought today, for $16. See how huge the carrots are!?! I put a pen in there for scale. I'm planning at least one stew for next week.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:31 PM   #15834
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I'm sorry to hear that. There's only one farmer at our market, but they have three tents worth of space for their wares. They're 60 miles away in Elizabeth City, NC, but 100 miles is considered local by the organization Buy Fresh/Buy Local. We also have a beef and poultry vendor, a fish vendor, breads, crafts, etc. An Italian restaurant brings fresh mozzarella and pasta sauces and today they had crab soup.

This is a list of the vendors we had this week: This week

And these are the veggies I bought today, for $16. See how huge the carrots are!?! I put a pen in there for scale. I'm planning at least one stew for next week.
Nice

When I say not local, I'm talking about stuff from California, garlic from China,...
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:07 PM   #15835
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I just got back from the grocery store and realized I forgot to look for the cake mix. doo-doo.
I did pick up a nice prime delmonico for dinner tonight. So no cookies for me, but I'll have a nice dinner. This baby is going on the SJ. I had to get more charcoal while I was out, too.
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I had to babysit the washing machine. It was having balance issues with the spin cycle. It eventually got it worked out. Laundry is now in the dryer.
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:14 PM   #15837
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I'm sorry to hear that. There's only one farmer at our market, but they have three tents worth of space for their wares. They're 60 miles away in Elizabeth City, NC, but 100 miles is considered local by the organization Buy Fresh/Buy Local. We also have a beef and poultry vendor, a fish vendor, breads, crafts, etc. An Italian restaurant brings fresh mozzarella and pasta sauces and today they had crab soup.

This is a list of the vendors we had this week: This week

And these are the veggies I bought today, for $16. See how huge the carrots are!?! I put a pen in there for scale. I'm planning at least one stew for next week.
Sounds like you consider $16.00 a great price. It seems like you're paying a hefty premium to buy local. Did you drive 120 miles round trip to buy these veggies?
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:47 PM   #15838
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Sounds like you consider $16.00 a great price. It seems like you're paying a hefty premium to buy local. Did you drive 120 miles round trip to buy these veggies?
No. As I said, the farmer sets up three tents at the market downtown, about two miles from my house. After the market closes at 1pm, he sells more veggies to local restaurants.

I do consider it worthwhile. The groceries are just part of the whole experience. I saw and talked to some friends - two of whom are the farmer and his wife - and I'm supporting small local businesses like the bakery and the restaurant. I like that
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Just got back from the store were we bought some sidewalk salt. We still have lots of ice on the driveway and sidewalks and we are expecting up to 8 inches of snow tonight.

I finally got done wrapping all of the Christmas presents. Gosh, that is a great feeling.

I am sure we will be snowed in tomorrow so I think it will be a great day to bake cookies and make fudge.
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We're on the bus on our way to meet friends
eat Chinese food at a hole in the wall restaurant called Lotus Blue. They make wonderful food.

I'm posting from the website from my phone. I can't figure out how to post in the updated DC app.
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