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Early Saturday morning I roused my sleepy type O Gatherer husband from bed and we went to the Farmers Market in my town. I have been trying to remember to go for over two years, I finally wrote myself a note and pasted it to the shower curtain.
It is located at the "Town Dock" a scenic spot on the water as the name suggests. It is very small only 9 vendors total, it had two vegetable stalls, one bread stall, one local caught fish, one with plants, one local group of kids selling coffee and treats as a fundraiser, a breadbaker, and a local beekeeper selling his honey.
I slowly walked from booth to booth checking out the items. I was there for the vegetables and the eggs, but wanted to look at all the booths. It didn't take me long to decide which of the vegetable booths to buy from, the one with the dirtiest vegetables. Both of the vegetable sellers had lovely things but at one booth all the vegetables looked like they came from a store rather then just picked from the garden. The bits of dirt told me that the origins of the vegetables were exactly as the seller stated, "just picked".
The onions and garlic I bought still had the tops on them. The kale and dandelion was fresh and crisp, with just the hint of dirt on the bases. The eggs were warm, three different colors and multiple sizes in a cardboard carton. The honey for my A Teacher daughter was from local hives here in my town.
My husband stood on line at the breadbaker for about 10 minutes waiting to make his purchase. It was the only booth with a line. The Breadbakers, two scandinavian men, had really beautiful looking large loaves of bread. All the loaves had that rustic look of being freshly baked in a stone oven, probably here in Brooklyn. My husband bought a 100% rye loaf and the sticky cinnamon buns which he loves. In a frenzy people bought 5-6 loaves of bread each, I wondered what they would do with all that bread
I know I will go back for the vegetables and to support Long Island farming. I do wonder if I could have some sort of booth at the Farmers Market. It did look profitable and fun. I will add it to my Bucket List of things to do in the future.
For now I need to read the Genetics Manual to prepare for my certification test in October, for the IFHI.
I know some of you will be there and I look forward to meeting you.
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