The Farmer's Market on the Square is definitely starting to bustle every Saturday morning. We were there sometime around the 10 a.m. hour, and the crowds were definitely heavier than they have been in weeks past. The Great Harvest Bread Company already had sold out of the giant cookies Clint looks forward to, so we stuck to fresh greens and cilantro this week. There are still a lot of empty spots at the market, but they'll be full soon, and we'll be taking home a lot more.
Local artist Larry Steinbauer is at the market every week, selling the most charming Midwestern t-shirt designs. He goes by "Farmboy Artworks", and he and his t-shirts are hilarious...and on the money. Here are 2 of dozens of his designs:
There's Larry now, no doubt telling his customers that they get a free bag with their purchase. Larry's wife, Mary Tangora, is also an artist, and they own the Wind Water, and Light Gallery in downtown Champaign—one of my favorite places to shop. Stop in and see them, and introduce yourself to their giant cat, Montana.
I promised I'd try a shot of this homemade juice at the new sprout booth. I found out Saturday that it's really Wheatgrass Juice. It's really some disgusting looking stuff, all the way around. Here's our shot, being whipped up, straight from actual blades of actual grass!
That grass cud looks disgusting too, doesn't it? Here's the pour.
Its ours now! At $2/oz, we decided to split a shot.
Wheatgrass juice is supposed to prevent everything and cure the rest. According to the literature they gave me, it helps fight the following conditions:
• fatigue • diabetes • arthritis • arteriosclerosis • acne • Exczema • constipation • anemia • mucus build up in intestines • thyroid gland problems • high cholesterol • cancer • pancreatic troubles • high blood pressure • liver troubles • premature aging • hypoglycemia • allergies • heart problemsIt has a a million-billion vitamins (ok, 92/102), enzymes, antioxidants, and chlorophyll. It increases red blood cell growth, oxygenates the blood, sweetens your breath, and can be used on your skin for poison ivy and sunburn.
Well! Bottoms up, then! Clint goes first, then me.
Well. It has a sweet taste, at first. And then...it tastes sort of like...what? What is it? It's reminiscent of..
grass. That's it! It tastes like grass.
And quite honestly, it's one of the more disgusting liquids I've ever tasted, giving Korean Ginseng Drink a run for it's money. It had an unpleasant aftertaste that lingered for more than 2 hours, and I was nauseous for quite a while after, also, although that could be due to the sudden healthy state of my system.
If the stuff did everything it claims to do, I might consider taking an ounce a day for a month, to see if I'm suddenly perkier, and red-blood cell-ier.
But, I did a bit of online research, and found that most of the information about what all the stuff can do for you is referred to as a "claim"...they claim it will do this for you, but that all claims are unsubstantiated.
The Stanford Daily published this piece: "What Grass Juice: Power Food or Waste of Money?"
Well, at $2/oz (that's $256.00 a gallon, folks), terrible flavor, and no substantiated facts, I'm putting my tickmark in the "waste of money" column.
This concludes this weekend's market report. Catch ya next week!