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27 August 2011

Amish Invasion....Part 2.

Today was our trip to Countryside Produce Auction in Salisbury, PA.  Or as my friend Tracy called it, our Amish invasion. 

We were up and at 'em at the crack of dawn.  I dropped the kids off with my friend Alisha and met everyone at Hardee's by 7:15am. 

We arrived in plenty of time to sign up for our number and scout out the produce as it arrived.  This pictures shows the sellers setting up.  When they're done, this whole area is full of veggies and the shelves in front of Ronnie were full of mums. 

While it was still definitely worth the trip, the produce prices are so much higher this year.  I don't know why I didn't expect this.  The prices are higher in the stores too. 

Here's what we bought:

75 dozen ears of corn
10 bushel green peppers
100 pounds red potatoes
5 bushel apples
2 pecks of onions
1 flat of yellow tomatoes

 After splitting the large lots with Tracy and Scott and selling a little to one of Ronnie's friends, we have $230 total invested in 35 dozen ears of corn, 4 bushel green peppers, 100 pounds potatoes, 2 1/2 bushel apples, 2 pecks of onions and 1/2 flat of yellow tomatoes.  Fresh produce, unsprayed with harmful chemicals and picked within the past 24 hours. 

We also bought lunch for Ronnie, Ronnie's dad Ron, and myself from some sweet church ladies for $8 including drinks and whoopie pies for the boys.  Eight dollars total!

If you're interested in checking it out, it's called Countryside Produce Auction in Salisbury, PA.  Remember, this is not the place to go to pick up a few tomatoes.  You will be buying large quantities of food.  There are not guarantees as to what you can get.  Whatever is brought in is what's for sale that day.

We were really needing peaches, but only one lot was brought in.  They sold for $19 a 1/2 bushel (which is ridiculous).  Oh, and take cash.  They don't take credit or debit cards.  (You know, because they're Amish).

I really think that next year we'll only plant green beans and zucchini.  Everything else is such a good buy at the auction.

Instead of spending time trying to keep up with the garden, we can spend time keeping up with the boys. 

I'm off to can (and can, and can, and then can some more!).

Enjoy your Saturday!


Rachel E. said...

Sounds amazing! I wish I could go.

Mrs. Huse Clifton said...

I live in south central PA and never heard of this sound great I will have to google it and see what I can find.