I'm a big fan of fruit. It's sweet like a dessert and healthy like bran (or some other gross but healthy food). When I first moved into my apartment there was this nice guy who sold fruit, and everyday I bought a peach from him. Then, when the seasons changed, I bought an apple a day from him. I knew he was overcharging me for this fruit but I had a "buy local!" mentality. I could have purchased fruit more cheaply from the grocery store. I went to him for my produce needs, including the weird leafy vegetables, until he went out of business at the beginning of this month.
So I've switch produce suppliers. This is my new one:
Look how pretty everything is! This cornucopia is conveniently located on my way home from work. I bought oranges the other day; they were inexpensive, and the man threw in an extra one for free! If there's one thing I love more than fruit, it's cheap fruit!
I'm trying to stick to seasonally appropriate purchases. This, and the desire to buy from small businesses, stems from my Princeton-born awareness of the benefits of purchasing local foods. Buying from independent sellers keeps them in business, and buying in-season fruit keeps the energy required to transport them from tree to shelf low. The next level is buying from the growers themselves but that's not really an option - no farmer's markets.
But really, doesn't this fruit stand just look prettier than a grocery store?