I’ll Take a Bag of Sagebrush and a Kumquat…

There’s just something pretty dagnabbed awesome about the atmosphere at a farmer’s market.  People selling weeds (stop it… the legal kind), ladies with underarm hair dancing around totem poles, and Whitney getting up before noon on a Saturdee!!  HALLELUJAH, Clive!  I love me a farmer’s market because there’s nothing better in the world than a homegrown piece of produce.  None of this manufactured stuff that’s been sitting in a storage freezer for 3 months, and then ends up on the shelf of your local Wally World all mushy and discolored.  Side note… is it just me or does Wally World have the worst produce?  I cannot shop for fruits and vegetables there…  It’s like they had kids in Africa pick the produce in the year 1999 and then made them walk pulling a cart of vegetables to America… finally arriving in the year 2011 with their wilted cart.  Eh… spray them things down with a bit of formaldehyde and they’ll be totes fine!

Meanwhile, back on the farm.  I attended the local Farmer’s Market this past Saturday… of course, there wasn’t much produce ready to be picked this early in the season, but there were a few things:

The sign says “No Dogs Allowed,” but you can be sure my pitbull was standing in line at the pastry booth!

Lettuce for $2… they didn’t have any of the chocolate-covered lettuce leaves… I done already asked.  I love to lick the chocolate off and throw the leaf in the gar-ba-jay (that’s the fancy way of saying crud catcher).

More non-chocolate-covered greenery!

They had a band for the entertainment… who knew!?  I was just enjoying watching the dancing underarm hair chics on the other side of the park!

I didn’t come away with much… some snow peas and some sugar snap peas, and a loaf of bread.  Madre went and bought out the supply of cilantro… My FAVORITE… NOT!  But, you can be sure I’ll be going again… especially when tomatoes ripen and corn on the cob is in style!  Mmmmm… fresh produce!

Question of the Day:  Do you have a farmer’s market in your area?  If so, what do you go to buy?

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12 responses to “I’ll Take a Bag of Sagebrush and a Kumquat…

  1. Avster

    Whit, you should have come over yesterday as we canned twenty-eight quarts of beans and also shelled around eight pints of peas.

    Oh, and farmer’s market? Nope. I’ve been to one and sold some produce and I can assure you that I’m not one of the ladies with dancing underarm hair. :b

    • Holy crimeny in a bucket of beans! Can I just come to eat the finished product instead!? Seriously… making the back forty guest do all the work! That’s awesome that you have sold stuff at the markets before, Lissa… and even more awesome it was without visible underarm hair!

  2. Louisa a.k.a. ProudMomOfTwo

    Question of the Day:
    Do you have a farmer’s market in your area? If so, what do you go to buy?

    Yes, we have lots of Farmer’s Markets around here and also lots of people that have road-side produce stands.
    I used to work for a lady that had a berry farm ( the kind you go and pick from or you can do shares or buy direct ). I used to truck all her berries, honey, and other produce (depending on the season ) up there and sell the heck out of it and come back with A LOT less and sometimes completely empty. She used to rave on how much I could sell…and how much better a seller I was than her…lol.
    She had good stuff. Good stuff sells itself if you are just helpful and friendly ( which she wasn’t ).
    I used to get a discount for working there so I would go and pick a flat for myself of blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, and take home fresh asparagus when it was in season. I would use the fresh asparagus right away. The berries I would freeze and use throughout the year. I haven’t done that in a few yrs though.

    I used to have a big garden but I don’t have one this year.
    When we go to Farmer’s Market now, we like to buy fresh corn, watermelons, cantaloupe, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, and some homemade bread……
    It is all good!

    I don’t like to shop at Wal-mart either. In general, NOT just their produce.
    You want to see some BAD produce, you have to come and see our small town grocery stores. Yick!

    Keep on…keepin’ on…

    • That berry job sounds fun… and I believe you’d be a nice, friendly salesperson! I used to work at an apple orchard as a kid… and boy did I eat my share of fresh apples… I got many a tummy ache after a shift at that place!

      As for Wal-Mart… AMEN! I do NOT like shopping there either, but I usually end up there because they are cheaper than other places.

  3. Jen

    Sounds like a fun market. We have one in I.F. and Rexburg. I haven’t bought much there but once I bought some stinky cheese and fresh basil to make a gourmet pasta dish.

  4. dessawade

    Oh boy, do I love Farmers Markets!!!! There is something special about them that draws me to them. I love the early morning feeling, the booths whether they be food or crafts, the interesting people, and lemon scones from Crumb Brothers Bakery. Good way to start off the weekend!

  5. Jacque

    Whit, I absolutely love a good farmers market. I was hoping to get to yours while I was there Saturday but ran out of time. I love the salsa guy down there. When Sandy and I were in Couer d’laine a month ago we got the most amazing bread.

    • Jacque… I must have missed this salsa dude!?!? Next time I go, I’ll have to keep an eye out for “salsa dude”… if I just yell his name really loud whilst standing in the middle of the field, will he raise his hand? As for the bread at the market… I can’t even… HEAVENLY!

  6. I am as disgusted with the produce at Walmart as you are! It’s NASTY. I don’t get it because Sam’s Club has some of the best produce I’ve ever seen. What an enigma. I love buying stuff at the farmer’s market because I feel like I’m sticking it to the man in a very, very small way.

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