Friday, May 2, 2014

To Market, To Market

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

The local farmer's markets won't be starting up for another month--even more in my suburb, but here in Rha-cha-cha we have the Public Market, which is open all year.  Last weekend, I went there with my brother and sister-in-law.

Eggs, tomatoes, onions, and even watermelons -- this vendor was hoping to appeal to various taste buds.

These tomatoes and grapes weren't grown locally. You'd think it was fall ... in maybe Napa valley?

Of course food comes in many forms, although I worry that instead of being used as breeding stock or roasting, these guys might have been destined for fighting.

Isn't this little guy adorable? Unfortunately, by now he may have been the main event at someone's family table.

We arrived at the market late in the day (around 1:30 and they close at 2) so the Zweigles wagon (Zweigles are local hot dogs--the BEST in the world) was selling off its wares for half price, so my sister-in-law scored a hot dog for a buck.

One of the local wineries (Arbor Hill) was well represented. They make a fantastic champagne mustard, too.

You want fish?  They got that, too.  Plus all kinds of places to eat.  Our last stop was at a bakery.  My sister-in-law and I hopped out of the car to buy some cookies, and when we got back, my brother said someone had thumped on the driver's side window to ask if he wanted to sell the van.

Crazy and fun!  I can't wait to go back.  Do you have a place like the Public Market where you live?


Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Everything looks so delicious!! I love outdoor markets, all that produce looks so fresh and tasty. Haven't hit the local farmers' market yet, but I plan to.

Lynda said...

We have one Farmer's Market that is open year round, but the more localized one's are also popping up. At several of our Kaiser locations, local growers have little booths one day a week (different days at different locations). I love to get the fruits, veggies, jams and breads. They also have things like Kettle Corn, fresh tortillas in different flavors, salsa, and other products. However, I would have trouble with a market that offered live animals for sale as food. I cannot look those little creatures in the eye, knowing their fate. Fortunately, the markets in this area avoid that.

Heather said...

Our local farmer's market has been voted one of the best open-air markets in the US and started up again for the season two weeks ago. This early in the season it's mostly a few hothouse veggies, fish, cheese, garden plants and baked goods. It doesn't really get going until June.

Aurian said...

Nope, but this sounds like a great place to visit regularly.