This summer, with skyrocketing gas prices, I've been hesitant to travel beyond my most convenient farmers market. Our city and surrounding counties have so many choices, but the reality is that farmers are getting spread thin with so many locations, so there's the potential to see more variety when moving beyond home base.
Gas prices hovering around the $3.80 mark have put a squash on that, so to speak.
So today I was tickled to have an excuse to justify to myself to travel beyond our usual haunts. My husband made the mistake of leaving a car seat in the rental he used during car repairs, so we headed south to two towns' over to pick up the seat - and some produce.
We hit market #1 just as it was closing for the morning. Stands were picked over by 11 a.m., the market's closing time. One vendor made the comment that people are waiting a half-hour before the market opens each Saturday! So it may be worth an early trip sometime. The kids were tickled to trot around with the little red wagons stationed at the market, and they were eager to fill them up - as long as mom carried the heavy stuff. We skirted around the arts and crafts, apologized profusely to the grouchy man who got upset because my son picked up a jar of his wares and taste-tested some freezer sugar-free raspberry jam. We headed back with a watermelon (still optimistic I will get one good melon this summer!), some peaches, onions and cucumbers. No idea what I'll make with that combination!
Stopped by a yard sale on the way to the next town, where my husband works. There, the kids enjoyed themselves by checking out some goats no less while I whittled through the little boy clothes.
Stopped by market #2 as we approached my husband's work. That too, was on the verge of closing for the day, and most vendors were eagerly packing up to set about their day. Still, it was a nice change - just to get out and explore.
What did you find at the markets this weekend? Any great finds or disappointments?