Sunday, August 19, 2012

This Weekend's Farmers Market Haul

"Just like Grandma's!"

"What in the heck is that?!"


These are just a few of the things I said while at the Faribault farmers market, or soon after the walk back home.  Yesterday's farmers market visit was most definitely a good one.

I came out with a surprisingly good haul.  I may not have to go back to the grocery store for any supplemental produce at all this week.  The farmers market plus my own edible garden should provide everything I need.  Hooray!

So what did I get?

huge farmers market haul

1 loaf of poppy seed bread
1 eggplant
1 large bell pepper
1 jar of peach salsa
1 heavy bag of red potatoes
1 bunch of carrots
1 tube of butterscotch lip balm
1 bag of rainbow swiss chard
2 cucumbers (one is the size of my forearm!)
3 pounds of apples
6 cookies from Kristi's Cravings (Doesn't really matter which kind... all of her cookies are yummy!)

Not pictured: a small, handmade headband for my daughter.  I've been needing to get a headband for her for a while.

Huge haul, right?

My market haul was even better than I expected.  I didn't need to buy eggs today, so I had a little money to buy something that I normally wouldn't.  That's why there's lip balm, a non-food item, on my list.  It won't be long before I need to get some, and how can I say no to a handmade blend, knowing this?

Yep.  I totally bought it.  After putting some on to test it, I knew I made the right decision.  Not only was it tasty, but 1 1/2 hours later my lips were still soft (and that's after I licked them like crazy!).

The peach salsa wasn't something I had planned on, but the salsa ladies gave me a sample, and... wow.  It was... wow.  If you ever get the chance to try peach salsa, do it.  I truly didn't expect to like it so much!

The apples were absolutely delicious, and worth every penny I paid.  Firm and extremely sweet, with just a hint of tartness, probably due to their small size.

But what was my ultimate treasure this visit?

heirloom eggplant

An heirloom eggplant.  Yep!  That's what that picture above is.  I had to ask, because I had no clue what I was looking at.  I purchased the smallest one (which is still a decently large size), because my husband isn't a big fan of eggplant.  Being an heirloom variety, though, there's a chance that the taste will be slightly different from normal, just as the color and shape are.  Cross your fingers for me!

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