Saturday, July 6, 2013

1st Farmer's Market!

 I was so excited this Saturday when I got to go to the Wabash Farmer’s Market for the first time. I missed going to it the first time it was open the week before due to feeling ill, so I was excited to go this weekend and get some local produce. Ryan and my grandmother went with me. It started at 8 in the morning but we didn’t make it there until around 9. Some stands had more than others but I dove right in! I love me some good deals.

First thing I did was tour around and see what everyone was selling. Lots of local produce, bird houses, plants, signs, soap, baked goods, and jelly.

First stand I walked over to was an Amish Bakery stand. I was looking at all the different kinds of jelly, and Ryan was intrigued with the baked goods. I told him that I knew for a fact Amish people know how to bake up some good stuff so Ryan insisted we get some. I got myself some homemade Wheat Bread and I got Ryan a couple things. He told me that the weirder they sound the better they taste so he insisted we get some Jalapeno Cheese Bread. (For him, of course, not I) Then we looked at the more desert type of breads and he wanted a small loaf of Pumpkin Nut and I also got a Zucchini Bread for him and his family since they tear up Zucchini Bread when it’s in the house. All that bread cost $14. Not too bad.

 I love how they use agave nectar in exchange for sugar. Way to go- for looking after the people who have high blood sugar.

Onto my produce. There was a good amount of it which I was thrilled about. All for reasonable prices. Honestly, I’ll probably continue going every Saturday just for the fresh local produce and only go to the grocery store if need be.

The first produce stand was amazing. The man had so much and it was all at killer prices. I snagged up 3 Orange Bell Peppers,(he told me I could get as many as I wanted for $1!) 10 Red Baby Potatoes, 3 Golden Delicious Apples, 2 Containers of Blueberries, and a Pineapple. All for $9. Steal! (The snap peas that are pictured my lovely grandmother gave me for free)

 My hands were already full but I wasn’t done yet. I noticed a stand that was across the street from everything else and I saw a big line of people around it. My immediate thought was: “They have to have some awesome stuff." So I walked over there and I was dead on right. This stand carried the more “unique" items and herbs. First thing that caught my eye as I was just browsing around the people. Kale! I needed that so I immediately got in the back of the line and waited patiently. I did, however, shout at a few people(in my head of course) who looked like they may know what kale was. (I know, I know.. how judgmental of me.)

(That’s basically what was inside my head at that point. My inner Gollum was shrieking)

Fortunately, they did didn’t pick it up. (Common, it was the last one, and it had my name written ALL over it!) On my way over to my precious green beauty, I grabbed up some parsley. Then I moved a little more and grabbed up some radishes. Then there it was. My precious.

I picked it up and felt so relieved. The man asked me after I had picked it up if I was done shopping or if I was going to get anything else. I told him I was done with a big smile and he told my total after he bagged up my vegetables. $6.25 it all came out too. Not bad, not bad at all.

 For my first ever Farmer's Market experience in Indiana, I had a blast. I scored some awesome deals and got some amazing bakery goods for Ryan and his family. 

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