Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This coming Saturday is the last of the local Farmers Markets in my town. I hate to say goodbye because this Saturday morning ritual is one I really enjoy. Sometimes I go on my own and sometimes my DIL goes with me. We zip through it once to check out what's there and then walk more slowly through it to actually buy stuff.
I like the whole concept. When you hear that the veggies in the store may have been in a truck for a very long time before they are displayed on the shelves (losing a portion of their nutritional value), and you are trying to buy more organic and more local, a farmers market is a great solution. Of course, some are better than others. The one I'm going to has expanded quite a bit in the past years and now has a lot of "stuff" as well as the fruit, veggies, and meat displays. This past year I was disappointed with the flowers. This one stand always has spectacular bouquets but not this year. Just stuff that I probably could put together myself on a good day
I also learned about kumbuchu, a fermented tea at the market. This very earnest guy always has two flavors to sample. I tasted it the first time and was very surprised. Great for probiotic and antioxidant needs and I find that sometimes its a great sub for my evening glass of wine. My two favorite flavors have been pear vanilla and blueberry sage (that one REALLY surprised me as I thought it sounded terrible!)
I'll try to figure out where he sells it during the winter because I like what it brings to my diet (and is so much better for me than my guilt pleasure, Coke Zero
So I'm stocking up this Saturday on meats (hotdogs without nitrates, hand made sausages). I hope the "chicken lady" has chickens and eggs - she runs out pretty early and is so much fun to talk to. Her conversation runs pretty much all over the place but always ends up back at chicken. The veggies are mostly harvest season types (carrots, brussel sprouts, cabbage) but I'll get what I need.
And at least one loaf of some of the most fantastic breads I've found.
And that will have to hold me till next June. Bye Farmers Market!