Farmer’s market

Farmer’s market

Blueberries, strawberries, tomatoesWe just got back from the farmer’s market on this beautiful July Saturday morning with a new haul of tasty eats. This week’s trip was complicated by Melanie’s ongoing morning sickness, such that every question was answered with “Ugh, I don’t know. It all sounds nauseating right now.”

Well, I wasn’t going to let that stop me. My first step was the baker’s booth where I bought a raspberry cream cheese scone for breakfast and a loaf of delectable cinnamon chip bread for later. If it makes until Monday, I’ll bring it to work to share.

For fruits and vegetables we got some yellow swiss chard, arugula, sweet corn, and tomatoes. Blueberries and strawberries were added to the list when Bella saw them and started intoning, “Yummy, yummy, yummy.” Of course, I could pass up my favorite cheesemonger who was selling her aged reserve cheddar and a raw milk cheddar. The latter is tangy and creamy.

ArugulaI finally made sure to keep room in the budget for a steak from the organic beef rancher. I plan to grill up the New York strip steak for dinner along with the corn.

We wandered about for a little while longer, checking out some of the other stalls. Melanie found a children’s book in the Friends of the Library book sale that she’d had on her Bookmooch list.

While the sun was pretty warm, there is a cool breeze today and it’s a perfect summer weekend.

As we were heading back to our car, Melanie and I agreed that the Marblehead farmer’s market is much busier this year than last. Every vendor has a line now and the scramble for parking spots is much more intense. Such popularity is a good thing, but I wonder if the organizers are giving any thought to finding a new locale to expand into. I know that this is already their second location in three years, but they are victims of their own success.

After all, this is one of the only weekend farmer’s markets in the area, which means you’re going to attract much larger crowds. I hope they’re thinking about it even though in all likelihood we won’t be living in the area next summer anyway.

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