Saturday, July 3, 2010

Farmers Market 2010

Let's go to the Farmers Market together. Sounds boring? Well, what if I told you that I will give you a cupcake? After all, a person can never go wrong with a cupcake.

First, I have a confession to make. Up until yesterday, I had always thought that Farmers Markets were boring. That's right! The girl who made a blog all about food...thought the food market was boring. I just had this visual of this boring place where they sold nothing but vegetables at higher than market value prices. Boy oh boy, did I think wrong. They have so much variety! Things that I have never seen before as well as lots of entertainment. And let me just tell you, I found plenty of things for under five bucks. I have to be honest though and tell you that at first, I noticed the kids entertainment section. I could say that in my defense, I noticed that part first because my kid was in tow, but I'd be lying. Since I'm a kid at heart, it makes perfect sense that I would notice that part first....right?

Anyway, it didn't help that the first thing we noticed was about 20 feet high and looked hungry:

It wasn't just humans that got a taste of food that day either:

We found this little number cruising around the place

Turtles (not real) took a bath while we stared in disbelief

The turtles bathed in a sprinkling fountain of water that created:

Did you find the pot of gold?

Now, I didn't have time to figure these bad boys out but it's definitely on my to-do list for next time. These are called Marshmallow Shooters:

Then we decided to go check out the goods. One of my most favorite things on this planet is a bundle of fresh basil. I absolutely adore the refreshing smell of this herb and I swear if they made a household air freshener that smelled like it, it would be all over my house.

Okay, this is where I get blown away. Did you know that they have other delectable foods such as marmalade, stuffed olives, hummus and pickled onions?? (Enter heavenly sigh here)

Somewhere along the line I met these beautiful people. It was their first year at the market. They had the sweetest looking cabbage I've ever seen and were quite possibly the nicest people there that day.

I stumbled across so many things! It was really so much fun. I wish you could have been there in person. How do you feel about beets? I personally can't stand them but I do think they're beautiful so I took a picture anyway.

By the way, I had no idea that ORANGE beets existed.

As it turned out, the produce and fruit sections were not so boring after all :)

Do you need a break? Lets sit under the red umbrella with my mom and my son

Even lady bugs need a good rest every once in a while. Don't forget to make a wish :)

You must be starving by now. Let's get some good ol' fashioned BBQ at Willie Birds

While waiting in line, I complimented a lady on her bag.

All done? Let's continue. Garlic. Garlic is like a little piece of heaven wrapped in a crunchy shell

A few steps further and guess what I found? Herbs!

Ah, Lavender. It's pretty and smells soooo good. It is also a known stress reducer. Needless to say, I HAD to buy a little bunch. I put it in my car to help with stressful driving situations. It was only a dollar anyway :)

Speaking of things that smell good

These ones didn't really have an odor but they were interesting and unique

The best treasure that I found during the whole trip was this one. This little treasure almost NEVER stays still long enough for me to take a good picture. Pictures are not his thing. However, I was extremely luck enough to click the button at the perfect moment...before he was able to object. Hee hee :)

Of course, there would be no Farmers Market if not for awesome tractors. My dad has one just like it. I LOVE taking pictures of rusty things. I think I get that from my dad.

I bet you're just dying to know what I walked away with. If not, I will show you anyway, lol

I got lemon pita chips, garlic roasted hummus, strawberries, challah bread, fresh basil, focaccia bread and a present just for you. Oh, and I got all of this and more for maybe 15 bucks.

This present was bought from the lovely

Ready for that cupcake now? It's black cherry & chocolate! Yum!

Needless to say, I am now a HUGE fan of the market! I hope you are too :) Enjoy your cupcake and have a safe holiday weekend!


Lynda said...

The comment section is FINALLY working! Woo hoo! :)

Miguel said...

great stuff honey.. You are so good and creative with everything you do, love the lil stories too. kee up the good work.... love you

Miguel said...

you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr Monkey said...

The pix & the write - kick it !!
great blog
Mr Monkey

p said...

i love the farmers markets, good food, good fun, just good.

Paul Bright said...

yep. farmer's markets are fun. We go to the one in Davis, CA frequently. Nice park, lotsa food, always some crazy events going on like a "pig day". Ever since i moved to cali, i have a new appreciation for them. these pics are great!

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