I know I usually blog about all my international travels but this time I decided to write a little about traveling within my local community. I think it is good for all of us to travel within our own communities every once in awhile.
This week I decided to travel to our local Amish Produce Auction. I have been to an Amish market before but never to an Amish Produce Auction before. I have also never participated in an auction before so this entire experience was new for me.
I generally like to buy local produce anyway not only because it helps the local community but because it is fresher and it tastes so much better. This Amish Produce Auction was so cool. I really should have taken more photos. You could not only bid on produce for home use but bulk produce. For example, you could buy 48 quarts of tomatoes or 60 quarts of strawberries. So if you owned a restaurant or were going to be doing some canning this would be the place to get your items.
I had no idea what I was going to buy or even what they had. I knew if I could get some nice fresh strawberries I was going to. I have been missing my Michigan summer strawberries since nothing tastes like them and you can't buy anything like them in the stores here and I figured I would try out the Maryland variety. I got my auction number and a nice Amish man explained to me how everything worked. I wandered over to the home auction tables and figured out what I might want to bid on. I still had no idea how it worked. I figured I would watch a few of them first and go from there.
It was an extremely fast process and it was hard to understand the auctioneer. He spoke really fast. It was really interesting to see how they moved through all the items and how they would start off extremely high and then get down to $0.50 or even $0.10 before bidding would start only to work back up to where the auctioneer originally started from in the first place.
In the end, I ended up with the goodies to the right. I still wasn't quite sure what I paid for them until I went up to check out but it was fun all the same. I still think I got a great deal on everything. I got everything to the right for just under $60. That is 9 quarts of strawberries, 8 quarts of tomatoes, and a huge box of zucchini. They do this three times a week in the county where I leave and I think it is a great way to get awesome produce that was picked that morning and to support your local community. You are also making sure you are getting healthy and organic food that won't cost you an arm and a leg.
I really enjoyed traveling local and definitely need to do more exploring around my community since there may be more hidden gems I have yet to discover. I was also so inspired by my purchases that I went out and got the ingredients and made homemade strawberry jam. Below are a couple of pictures. The first is of some of the cut strawberries and the second is of the finished product - 30 jars of the finest strawberry jam you will ever taste (obviously I am a little bias :)
Have you had a local adventure that you have really enjoyed or that has surprised you?
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