Monday, July 14, 2008

The Farmer's Market

My sisters have been telling me about a local farmer's market for the past year. Saturday was my chance to get there myself!

I took my new market basket, recently gleaned (and subsequently cleaned) from a neighbor's trash):

Despite the rain, there were still quite a few vendors:

The soft fruits were so tempting:
As were all the displays of vegetables:

The stall of flowers was gorgeous. You can't see them all here, but there was another table beside this one with bunch after bunch of zinnias. It's Emily's favorite.

I could not resist a few of these stunning eggplants:

Isn't it all so beautiful!
Here's what I ended up with: 2 cucumbers, 3 zucchinis, 1 pint of tomatoes, a pile of greenbeans, 2 eggplants and a bag of sugar snap peas. It cost $9.50 which I thought was good for a farmer's market, maybe a bit steep for Walmart. However, the beans tasted SO much better than those from the supermarket.
On the way home, driving behind this, I said to myself:
"Heather, you really do live with one foot in the country." Although we live in a new housing development, we are mostly surrounded by cornfields, wildflowers and barns. I often thank the Lord for the blessing of living close to this kind of beauty. And, it is also a blessing to be close enough to a large city to enjoy its benefits as well. You would think I'd be perfectly content and never find myself wishing for more of one or the other. :)

Now that I've been to the market once, I'm eager to go again. My calendar says this won't be possible for quite awhile, but there's always hope. :)


Carla said...

I laughed and laughed when I saw what you were driving behind. Good thing the one on the top didn't roll off backwards! Try explaining that to the insurance company.

SueJ said...

Looks good -I had almost decided to go to our local farmers market a couple of weeks ago & then found it had been swapped with somewhere 40 miles away!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

My husband and I were driving out to our place in the country today when we passed a field of hay just like that.

We both talked about how good it was to see familiar country scenes. :)

Lovella ♥ said...

Ah that produce looks so fresh and wonderfully tasty. I can imagine that you enjoyed the sound of the snap off the ends of those beans.

Unknown said...

I am so glad you went. So sorry I missed it. I love your pics -- I'm always too shy to take any. You are right, the produce tastes SOOOOO much better than the store.

Alaina said...

Looks like so much fun! I can't wait to get back to the Farmer's Market!

Monica said...

Were you in Danville? It looks like so much fun!!