Sunday, June 9, 2013

Morristown Farmers Market: Small Quantity, But Spectacular Quality

Yesterday was my first farmers market of the year.  

It was also my first farmers market in a new town.

Morristown has a small farmers market.  Even for the very beginning of the season, which is a time that naturally has fewer vendor tables, this was pretty tiny.  There were only 4 tables in total.

Three tables on one side of a park's path.  One table on the opposite side.

But quantity and quality are very rarely related.

The vendors' goods were quite exceptional.  It's early in the season, so I found that almost everything dealt with baked goods and baking.

Well, except for one table that had some green onions and asparagus.  Unfortunately, I'm growing green onions and my family isn't prone to enjoying asparagus.


I elected to buy from each table, since there were only four of them.  This is not a luxury I'll be able to enjoy in the future, when more vendors arrive.

So what did I get?

Clockwise from top left: Large bag of wheat flour, yellow popcorn kernels, rhubarb bread, 5 parchment paper wrapped candies, bag of 5 m&m cookies

  • freshly ground whole wheat flour
  • quart-sized bag of popcorn
  • small loaf of rhubarb bread
  • 5 toffee chews
  • 1/2 dozen m&m cookies (my daughter's choice, of course, which is why you'll notice only 5 in the bag!)
I really think I made out like a bandit!

The goods at the Morristown farmers market are a bit less expensive than at my former farmers market. The flour, for example, which was milled in town, and is far less processed than average, was only $3.00. 

It was a gigantic, very heavy bag.  I'd say it's probably about the same amount as a standard sized bag that you would find on a store shelf.  I could be wrong, of course, but that's how heavy it felt in my hands.

As you can imagine, this farmers market find was very exciting.  

It's now snuggled safely within my freezer, as advised by the wonderful woman that I bought it from, and I'm very excited to finally use it!  I'll be sure to tell you all about it when I do.

The Morristown farmers market, which runs from 9am to 12pm on Saturdays (in the park across from the old mill as you enter town), is something you must visit if you're in the area!

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