If the produce found at the grocery store has you feeling underwhelmed, disappointed, and frustrated, you’re not alone. One solution is to grow whatever you can at home, even if it’s just a few herbs!

Vegetables on walnut table.

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If the produce found at the grocery store has you feeling underwhelmed, disappointed, and frustrated, you’re not alone.  One solution is to grow whatever you can at home, even if it’s just a few herbs!

After several frustrating experiences with store-bought tomatoes, eggplants, and basil we felt the need to vent a bit!

Tara and I took some time to air our grievances concerning grocery store vegetables and offer a few solutions on how to get the best produce you can find.

Growing your own produce

The best solution, and also the most time-consuming is to grow your own. 

The act of gardening, from getting your hands in the soil, to harvesting your fruit and vegetables, can be extremely beneficial. 

Not only does it help you avoid trips to the grocery store, it can help provide a sense of accomplishment, and may have physiological and psychological benefits according to a few studies from the University of Colorado and Texas A&M. 

But a garden is not something you have, it’s something you do. It requires commitment, constant nurturing, and space, so we realize it’s not optimal for everyone.  

The next best thing to growing your own produce is to visit a local farmer’s market where you’re likely to find produce that was grown locally and didn’t sit on a shipping container for weeks.

In this episode, I share a few ideas for those looking to start a garden, whether it be in their backyard, or small potted herbs in your home, and answer a few listener questions related to gardening, barbecue, and my top picks for Long Island restaurants.

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4 Comments

  1. I listen to some podcasts and yours is nice. Your voices are pleasant and I haven’t a problem hearing but I enjoy a podcast that gives you the option of reading along in case I’m uncertain of a word I heard. Escape pod is a podcast that comes to mind that gives you the transcript of the podcast.. it’s not necessary but it’s nice. You guys rock btw.

    1. Hi Clarence, thanks so much for the comment. We do have closed captioning on our podcasts, but it sometimes takes a few days for the transcript to be added. Sorry for the delay with that, but I’m so happy you’re enjoying the podcast.

  2. Lived in your general area for a few years. Highly recommend Queens County Farm Museum for fantastic produce