Sunday, August 26, 2007

Farmer's Market Day


Yesterday I went to three different farmer's markets. I got to our small, local Bellville market just before closing time and I was lucky enough to catch Joan of Meadow Rise Farms just as she was packing up. She gave me a bagful of organic peppers for only $5. Unfortunately I was too late to catch the bread lady, who grinds her own flour and makes wonderful bread, she had sold her last loaf at 10:00. I also had a fried pie from an Amish girl, and bought a bag of buckwheat pancake mix.

I am really feeling like a failure since I haven't even taken one day this summer to load up my little Aztek with produce to sell at this market, but I'm in a quandary. Too much produce for my own use, not quite enough to make it worth the extra effort of going to market.
The second market I attended yesterday was a little farther away, the festival at Mohican Gardens that I mentioned a few days ago. It took me a while to get there on the highway, especially since I took the wrong exit at first, but the return trip was a little shorter as I took the back roads. There was a wonderful demonstration on herbs while I was there, I talked to a summer intern from the Ohio Proud program (he said to watch for a totally revamped program and website in November.) I also bought a carful of mums for planting around my patio. There were a few farm market stalls and I bought a loaf of bread. I picked up flyers for Turk Brothers custom meats in Ashland.
The third market wasn't intentional at all, but since I was driving by I had to stop. It was the Malabar farms produce stand. There was a great article in Ohio magazine about the farm produce stand and restaurant on Pleasant Valley Road. I bought three luscious, shiny eggplants. I will have to see how I will sneak them into DH's dinner..

5 comments:

GardenGoose said...

the markets sound like they were lots of fun to visit.

JANET said...

Sounds like you had a fruitful day!

2 LMZ FARMS said...

I was going to try and set up at the next town's market but time just wouldn't allow for it. With everything going on here on the farm, I just didn't have time. I love going to farmer's markets. They have such wonderful things. Hey, I really like those baskets that you posted about earlier.Going to find out about the bio-plastic tomorrow, going back over to the amish, they are making me some goat harness. Hope you and yours have a blessed day.
Laura

Beemoosie said...

what wonderful sounding markets! My nearest one only has 3 or 4 vendors!

Bright Meadow Farms said...

beemoosie, if you have the time, you should go there! Add to the number of vendors!

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