Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fresh and Direct from Out-of-State

At first I was attracted to the hand-made signs which I am such a sucker for. (I could easily do a photo blog of nothing but these very colorful, primitive yet effective vegetable and fruit signs.) But what caught my eye on further reading is this FRESH produce market, in the heart of South Tampa, is boldy advertising - during its Grand Opening - CALIFORNIA cherries and GEORGIA peaches. I realize these items are desirable, especially coming from out-of-state, and they are well known for, but wouldn't a FRESH produce market in Tampa have big signs for something grown locally? I bet the seedless grapes, green beans and bananas come from out of state...or even from another country. Shouldn't they be selling FLORIDA produce from their sweet little market? Just wondering. Makes sense to me. Do they have fresh, in season, Florida-grown Valencia oranges, mangoes, avocados, peaches, nectarines and, one of my all time favorites, blueberries? (I still love the signs. I just know there is a special factory somewhere churning these out by the truck load.)

5 comments:

Lois said...

Nice signs, but I totally agree with you Frank!

Jacob said...

No factories, Frank, but anyone opening an outdoor fruit/veggie market must take several courses in how to letter signs appropriately.

And no, I don't think we grow anything locally anymore, or, if we do, we ship the good stuff out of state!

B SQUARED said...

I agree. But California cherries? Go for the one's from Michigan;I'm partial these days.

Don and Krise said...

They must have a "Canonball Run" just for transporting produce from California to Florida.

Vogon Poet said...

You are right, same problem everywhere, I think. We're a bit spoiled with fancy fruit and out of season delicacies.
I noticed the name Eleni on the sign, which is Helen in Greek...