My hunnie and I are always trying to come up with activities for Sundays. We love to be outside and be active and farmers markets are a great way to do that in a low key way. It happens that they aren’t often under direct sun, so you can get a nice dose of vitamin D without scorching your skin!
(Three letters for you – S. P. F.!)
We love fresh produce and good-for-you foods, so it’s always exciting to see what vendors have. The scents of herbs, wild flowers, and fresh vegetables permeates the breeze – it reminds me of gardening with my parents growing up…and we had quite the garden, if I do say so myself! 😀
Our zucchini grew to a foot and half but miraculously managed to maintain flavor… I feel like no matter how many zucchini breads and muffins we made, there were yet more zucc’s to be had!
And then there were cucumbers, equally gargantuan, and eggplants. The white “Ghostbusters” were my favorite, basking in the sun in all their glorious pallor!
We grew potatoes – fingerlings, yukon gold, and peruvian blue, along with yams and more traditional spuds…and we’d hold a “Potato Fest” for our friends in Fall, making enough potato dishes to sink a ship. We even had a chocolate grave-garden cake with sugar “potatoes” dressed in Halloween costumes one autumn. Yes…my parents, the jokesters. The cake was a huge hit.
We had countless varieties of tomatoes – yellow, green, purple, red, sungold… They were most delicious right off the vine…or tossed in our fresh lettuce…or sliced with mozzarella, with oil and basil. ❤ The stems had the most “green-and-earth”y fragrance, and the basil drifted up from the bottoms of the plants making a casual jaunt by heavenly.
Then there were the snap peas, green beans, wax beans…the former which I would pluck with complete abandon. Sadly, my stuffed cheeks always gave me away. “BUNNY! You’re going to eat them ALL!!!!” (Yeah. It was worth it.)
We grew cabbages and radishes, squashes and pumpkins…and all sorts of funny lil’ gourds.
We had watermelons, and kohlrabi that was AMAZING sautéed…
There were onions, habeneros, and peppers of all hues…
The carrots…those always came out curiously… Twisted and not always with just one shoot! *?* But…they were the most flavorful carrots I have, sincerely, ever had.
Sadly, when I went off to school and had Ballroom competitions that took me on the road, and my parents were traveling in summer…the garden tapered off. The veggies were replaced by ENORMOUS burgundy sunflowers, with faces the size of my own…
The herb garden, however, is still going strong… I can smell the parsley and mint and oregano from here… 🙂
So farmer’s markets...I can REALLY appreciate those. The hard work and love that goes into growing all the goodness I am thankful to enjoy every day is genuinely valued.
My man passed one while running out for coffee the other day, and he brought me back this “adorbacchini.” That’s my word for it – It’s the cutest, most precious ball-of-a-cchini that I have ever seen! ❤
And then there was the one we went to on a Sunday… It was enormous – surrounded by gorgeous fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats…and even a fresh donut station!
But it isn’t just edibles… The flowers are out to further brighten the day, and for shoppers to bring some sun home for later… I made wreathes from grasses and wild flowers for my mother’s hair when I was a little girl, so these are also a true joy to see.
After walking around a bit, I bought a little snack! It was actually a full mini tub of Honey Bunch Yellow tomatoes. and I just about ate every single one before we got to the car! Nature’s candy, the way I see… Deliciously, sunny-sweet yumminess!
For us, a Farmer’s Market is a great way to spend a morning, or afternoon…especially on a restful, weekend day. With Autumn around the corner, I can’t WAIT for the squash and pumpkins to crop up!!! ❤