Come join us each Saturday morning at Watauga County Farmers' Market!
The market has so many things to love: fresh and nutritious local foods, beautiful handmade crafts, face-to-face interactions with the farmers who grow your food, scrumptious breads, jams, jellies, and cheeses made by community members, meat and eggs from local farmers, and of course the friendly social atmosphere of "Boone's Town Square."
I wanted a lower-impact meat option because I am concerned about the environmental and health consequences of a meaty diet, but I can't give up meat. At the downhill end of the L-shaped market were three vendors with the following prices per pound for grass-fed ground beef:
I had purchased steaks from the $5 vendor a month ago and they were good, but I wondered if there was a quality premium reflected in the price since there were no locational or much in the way of transportation differences. I decided to ask someone who ought to know who I should purchase from and s/he said to get the $5/lb pound. Perfect!
At the other end of the L was another vendor whose grass-fed ground beef was priced at $6.75/lb. I'll be checking for convergence the next time I go.