Thursday, July 9, 2009

Produce Truck On Broken Land Parkway in Columbia

On the side of Broken Land Parkway, there is a truck parked full of tomatoes, watermelon, corn and other produce that is being sold as local wares.

Who knows? I stopped for corn and tomatoes on Broken Land's shoulder just south of Rte 32. I have to admit that the tomatoes weren't as good -- and we the same price -- as the tomatoes at the Sunday farmers market in Columbia.

But there was a little romance in buying roadside produce on a whim. It's not the fun of roadside tacos on a whim, but it's a quick option if you commute home on Rte 32. Easy off and back on from Broken Land.

6 comments:

Arei said...

Where is the Farmers market in columbia?

Nishi said...

There is a similar truck (probably from the same farm) that stops on Frederick Road right across from the Miller Library. The produce is usually pretty good.

HowChow said...

Arei -- The Sunday farmers market is at the Oakland Mills village center. There are two others in Howard County. I can't use links in a comment, but you can search "HowChow Farmers Market Columbia" to find my old articles.

HowChow said...

Arei -- I added a link to the original post. Click on the link for Sunday farmers market in the original post for my prior posts about the market.

CJB said...

Good article in today's Baltimore Sun regarding local produce and the fallacy in many stores signage.

Interestingly, "the federal government allows produce to be labeled "local" if it comes from within a 400-mile radius, which for Baltimore is roughly an arc that runs from Boston to Charleston, W.Va., to Cape Hatteras, N.C."

Heeper said...

I grew up in HoCo - and still live here. Growing up, a friend of mine did the "produce truck" thing - picked up the truck and produce and went to a little country road and pretended he was a farm kid. There's a company in the county that owns all those pickups and supplies the produce - my friend always suspected it was wholesale - not farm fresh. Would be nice to know where it really comes from.