Loosened from the mud, I find myself floating in a world of possibility.

So can you.

NE Farmer's Market

Opening day for the NE Farmer's Market was this last Saturday. It has grown so much over the years.

The Co-op had a kick-off pancake breakfast fundraiser, but we didn't go to that. The rain was coming in, we had veggies to buy, we were on a mission. And we had a baby. And the Big D is a diabetic, so no pancakes for us. Ordinarily the rain wouldn't bother us so much but we had the baby and we weren't sure how she's handle it. Funny to think she's never experienced rain before, isn't it?

So, we packed up baby and headed to the market. [note to Lani - stroller came in very handy and was easy to handle on a busy city street!]

And, here I go, I'm going to say it again - I love my neighborhood! NE is such an awesome place to live. I wanted some asparagus and some strawberries, but I'm too late for the asparagus and too early for the berries.

I did get some lettuce, from Kathy and Dave. All that's missing from the picture is a pitchfork! This wonderful couple is spending their retirement years growing vegetables on their property and participating in the farmer's market. Most of their goods were sold by the time we got there (no garlic scapes left!), but we did get a great head lettuce, picked earlier that morning.

Sadia has come up with a wonderful recipe for a sauce that can be used as a dip, a salsa, a chutney, and even a marinade. The samples were yummy. The Big D had his with chips and as you know, he loves the spicy. I wanted the sweet which I sampled with little pieces of pita bread.

Sadia's East African Sauce is locally made and locally packaged and locally sold. I think this all-natural sauce can be found at many of the local co-ops. Three bottles for $15. What a deal!

We bought some ground beef from Maple Creek Farm. Sorry, I couldn't get a picture of the farmer because he was engrossed in a conversation with other customers for a long time and I couldn't wait any longer because the rain finally started pouring down. I got a picture of his butt though, for your information and future reference, just in case.

Just in case of what? I don't know. Just 'just in case.'

The day would not have been complete without a view of the Pedal Pub flying down the street. What's that you say? You don't know what a Pedal Pub is? The quickest answer is that it is "slow fun." The longer answer is that it's a trolley sort of thing, a sixteen-person bike, with which you can drink beer and pedal your way around town all at the same time.

Still confused? Here is more information and here is a (slightly) better picture:

Apparently there are over a dozen Pedal Pubs in Amsterdam and ever since I saw one in Nordeast, I wanted to do it. I just read the FAQs from their website and discovered I'm too short. Dang. I feel like a kid who's been denied access to a amusement park ride. "If you're not taller than this line, then you can't ride..."

As you can see the rain didn't really stop the fun. The energy at the Farmer's Market was uplifting and vibrant. It was a great way to start the weekend for us. And, we'll be back, every other week, on our CSA off-weeks. The people in my neighborhood are doing good things and it's great to be part of the experience.

Oh yah, Baby Lotus Bud seemed to like the rain. She looked a little confused at first but then just seemed to take it for what it was. I explained that it was just like her bathwater but that it came from the sky. She smiled at that. Yep, that's my child for sure!


  1. Thanks for my note! :)

    I'm hoping to check out our local farmers' market this weekend - there are some really great farms in the area. And, we signed up for our very first CSA. I'm so excited!!!!!

    And, thanks for posting the picture of the farmer's butt. I mean, you never know... :)

  2. I keep meaning to get to our farmer's market...this has made me even more determined to pay a visit.

    Your 'just in case' comment reminded me of my grandfather. He'd always keep things 'just in case'....and my grandmother would have a clear out every now and then. The memory made me smile....thanks lovely one.

    love and hugs xxx

  3. We love our Kingfield Market but I've heard great things about the NE market too, we might have to make our way over there some weekend.


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