Today was the farmer’s market, lately I have enjoyed planning my meals around what foods I find at the market and have saved quite a bit of money in doing so. This was only the second time this year I have attended by myself. I hate to shop, but find I look forward to the market, even by myself. I have made wonderful friends and know many of the vendors by name as they know mine.
Going alone it didn’t take me as long to get there, so I was early and decided to wander through the gardens for a bit till everything was set up. With fall fast approaching seeing the wonderful gardens made my day. Here are some of my favorite sights.
The market is held on land that used to belong to a family, when the last remaining family member passed away the home and land was left to a botanical organization. Here’s a view of the side of the family home.
And the back of the house
The view behind the house leading to the parking area and barns
Many of the plants growing here are very hard to find, others are reported to be only still on this property. The family, specifically one daughter gave much thought to what she planted on the property. Here is a plant (not sure of its name) which is thriving in water.
Of course there were other water features for small animals, and even insects to have a habitat. This picture was better before I tried to enlarge it, but here’s a toad which was perfectly content to stay put.
Here’s the original picture, the toad is on the right hand section of the pool of water.
While much thought was put into the habitat for wildlife, the human variety has places just for them. Here is one of my favorite because of the large wind chimes behind it.
Prior to the market opening the gardens hosted school children from the city where they were able to plant seeds and learn about the vegetation and why each was chosen. Talking to one of the volunteers who worked with the school children, she informed me how curious the city children are, and how many questions they have. Makes me sad to think they can’t enjoy this all the time the way I can.
Anyway, my main goal in going today was to buy food. When the market opened I made sure to head to the booths which sell out the fastest. The last two weeks I was too late for any salad greens, so that was my first stop.
I had a taste for more leeks and maple coated peanuts. Unfortunately, the peanuts mistakenly didn’t get loaded into the boxes so I will have to check for that next week and I’m so disappointed but leek season is officially over for this year. The three I bought last week were the end of the crops.
I left the house with $20 and came home with change. Here’s what I found
My total haul was: a very large head of broccoli, home-made loaf of honey wheat bread, cantaloupe, salad greens, peaches, plums, potatoes, a tomato (gone already before the picture was taken), and a couple of special treats. A “twist” with fresh whole blackberries baked inside. Picture a cross between a muffin and a baked donuts, and half a dozen of no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies (for the kids).
We have a new market which opened down the road on Saturday mornings, I may check that one out as I hear there are different vendors which attend that one.
If I had to pick my favorite find this week it would have to be the peaches as I finished the one’s I had last week too soon. What’s your favorite find this week from your farmer’s market or your garden?