I've written about buying seconds before, but the opportunities at the Oak Park Farmers' Market are now so abundant, I'm going to make one last call for people to buy fruits and vegetables that others might feel are not up to their standards.
Last weekend, we bought about ten pounds of peaches for ten dollars, about one-third to one-quarter the going price. The reason the price was reduced is that some of the peaches were blemished, but as we plan to skin/vac-seal/freeze the fruit or use it immediately in a peach crumble, the exterior appearances of the fruit did not matter at all…except to the extent that we got a fantastic deal on these otherwise unwanted pieces of fruit.
With seconds, whether of peaches or tomatoes or any other soft fruit, you have to ask if the vendor has any. Usually, they do.
Buying seconds is good for consumers, because you can save some on the higher-than-average farmers' market pricing.
And buying seconds is also good for vendors who can sell more of their inventory and not just the pristine pieces.
This time of year, when there's so much coming in from fields all over the Midwest, I'm always first in line for seconds.