Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Back Due to Popular Demand: The Market Report

I've received hundreds of e-mail asking me to get back to blogging The Market Report, after slacking off last year, worrying that I'd run out of things to say about weekly vegetables.

Big lie. I didn't receive hundreds of email, but Wendy blogged about it, and that's the truth. I decided that there's something new and exciting at the market every week, and I might just as well show you what I see.

More often than not, vegetables aren't what makes me smile. I can't believe I don't know this guy's name, since his music and song make me smile every week. I can't get enough of watching fascinated little bebita's watching him. Plus, is that a new psychedelic tambourine? I'll have to review.


It's been a cold and rainy spring. Gardens are going in late, and I imagine farmers wait out what the home gardeners do. Ready-to-eat produce, right now, consists mostly of asparagus, fresh greens, and strawberries. Asparagus was sold out by the time we got a late start on Saturday (see 2 posts down for explanation).

Fresh greens are a weekly purchase. $6.50 a pound may sound like a lot, but a pound of greens is a LOT off greens. These are not your grocery store greens: they're fresh and crisp a week later, if you can keep from eating them in that time.


If you like strawberries, NOW is the time to get to the farmer's markets. We bought a quart for $5. Eat these fast; there's not a hard, green berry in the bunch. They're fresh and ready to go, and aren't likely to last a week, as the greens do.

Really. Who could wait a week?

There's a sprout booth, which I've only photographed, thus far. Little sprout lawns all laid out, and they'll mow off as much as you want to take home. There was quite a crowd over a sprout-juice machine. It delivered shots of very-green juice, that look...well, honestly, disgusting, but healthy. It looks like Popeye Juice, and I imagine myself having tons of energy, if I can screw up the nerve to do a shot. I'll beat my way to the front of the line next week, try it, and write a review.



A tiger!


I turned Clint on to hot tea & honey during the last sore throat season; it's another one of those subjects he has a hard time living down at the fire station. We'll be stocking up on local honey before next fall.

Support your local honey bee.


This precious lil bebeh gave me a giggle. Good for mama, for keeping him out of the sun. He's going to look so much younger, by the time he's 1.


Here's my fav photo of the week:



That's it for my first report. Tune in later for more market bounty, more pix, and the Popeye Juice report.

I yam what I yam.

9 comments:

  1. You've inspired me. I think I'm going to have to make a trip out to my farmers market on Sunday.

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  2. That guy is Michael Powers.

    This is one of my favorite times of year, because I love strawberry shortcake! I do miss the Urbana Farmer's Market.

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  3. Strawberries will be out here in about 3 weeks. I simply cannot wait.

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  4. Yeah for the Urbana Farmers Market. It's one of my favorite things about CU.

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  5. this is nice....I love the Popeye comment at the end...I had to read it a few times to get it though.

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  6. YAYAYAYAY! Thank you so much. I needed that. Love these reports.

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  7. Looks like a great place to spend the day. I wish we had one of these in my neighborhood.

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  8. Another soldier's mother7:58 AM

    Hey Lori--Yes, his name is Mike Powers and I used to date him in high school. He had a head full of dark thick hair and he was the sweetest guy. See you at the market! xoxo--Your quilt maker

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  9. LOVE these reports! Keep 'em coming, please!

    Janet

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