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  •  Ah, I love Mr. Okra! (6+ / 0-)

    That's what I'm talkin' about. The crabs would never make it to the end of the block. Hub and I had a fresh shrimp truck for awhile, back when he was working a boat early morning and we were caretaking the dock. Between leftovers (not 'pink' after a day, but well kept on ice) and by-catch, I never ate so much seafood - and gave it away - in my life!

    But melons and greens and pumpkins and squash and oranges and peaches and collards and fat sweet onions... just can't beat it fresh and it was literally pennies on the dollar on the street. We used to sometimes pool the goodies (including baby 'taters) and have block parties - everybody with something going in the front yard by the curb, we'd just walk around with our bowls and fill up here, fill up there, talk to the folks...

    Once I got two big crates of onions given to me from the farmer's market in town, slightly moldy on the outside. Two neighbors and I promptly cleaned and sliced 'em, made a huge canner-sized pot of Onion Stew over a portable grill in my driveway. Onions and water, salt and a little butter being the only original ingredients. By dinnertime it was a regular masterpiece after everyone on the block had donated something to go into it (two ham hocks and heavy on the greens), plus biscuits from across the street. Not a drop of leftovers!

    Fresh markets aren't a deal in this country as much as they could be, everything seems centralized (and outside the metro area) these days. Of course, we moved 20 years ago as far back in the boonies as humans are allowed, and have been growing our own since. Have local markets, but none like that.

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