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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Gotta love bargains!

It was so nice to hang out with friends and get a chance to go to one of the local farmers markets Friday. Urban Farms is an amazing farm and market that brings fresh and local food to one of Memphis's many food deserts.  Sadly, our dear city has many and efforts are being made by urban Farms and others to help bring fresh healthy food to these areas  On Friday when I went in they were putting out local blackberries.  I went out to their patio where they had a few tomato plants and some flowers left, and that is where the bargain shopping began...the plants were 50 cents a piece!!!  I got 8 tomato plants (arkansas traveler, celebrity, tomato steakhouse & a couple more) and mexican heather.  You know I had to share with my best friend who watched my kids while I shopped.  Anyway, other goodies to be had at this market was raw cheddar cheese, 8oz for $3.99, fresh cilantro, bananas, locally roasted coffees (omg they are amazing!) and so much more.  If you are ever in the Memphis area, stop in and check out this amazing little market!!!

Other goodies I have gotten recently for a steal has been a bunch of bamboo stalks (I'm using as tomato stakes) I found on Freecycle, and a peach tree for $12! Our fruit trees normally aren't that cheap, I paid $20 or 25 for my apple tree last year.

Our favorite freebie we have received lately?  Dexter...

What good garden bargains have you gotten recently?  Do you utilize websites like Freecycle and Craigslist to help you find things cheap/free?


Oh, while I am here....what do you all do to keep the squirrels out of your garden goodies?  They have been attacking my poor tomatoes everyday. I understand they have to eat too, but I have food set out for the squirrels and the birds elsewhere.  Do you use netting? Hang pie plates?  Any ideas that doesn't involve a bb gun (although i must admit it's tempting sometimes) or poison are welcome!!!
I scared off the squirrel and he left my poor tomato behind. LOL

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