This past Saturday, our local Farmer’s Market opened for the season, and, after realizing that we talk about going all the time but never really go, Dad and I set our alarms for wayy too early on a Saturday morning, loaded up the cooler, and set out for the market.
To say I was surprised by the variety of goods for sale would be an understatement. It’s early for the growing season here in Arkansas, and I really hadn’t expected many vendors – at best, I’d hoped to buy a few bunches of asparagus to supplement what I’m harvesting at home. But you guys, I was blown away. They had the traditional produce vendors, sure, but they also had vendors selling homemade sausages, hamburger meat, steaks, lotions, vegan soap, jewelry, birdhouses, and the list could go on forever. The vendors outgrew the facility – It was amazing!We bought a ton – and we left so much more behind. They had so many beautiful flowering plants, great looking vegetable plants and herbs, and some pretty rad birdhouses (I was seriously eyeing a white gourd birdhouse like this one – I just couldn’t figure out how you would hang it…. maybe next time). They also had some delicious smelling homemade bread and a large variety of jams and jellies to go with it.
At the end of our hour-long trip, our haul included: 3 bundles of asparagus, 1 lb pork sausage, 1 lb hamburger meat, 2 beef tip steaks, 2 loaves of apple bread, 1 huge bag of kettle corn, 1 nutella bread roll, 1 raspberry cinnamon roll (my breakfast), 1 fried apple pie (Dad’s breakfast), 1 loaf yeast bread, 1 loaf sourdough bread, 1 loaf of parmesan garlic focaccia bread, and 2 quarts of local strawberries. So awesome.
Do you have a local farmer’s market? What’s your favorite/most unexpected thing to buy there?