Saturdays means the Farmers’ Market. While we don’t live in an area where there is an abundance of fresh produce year around, there are markets most weeks. During the winter, there are small farmers selling green house produce, root vegetables, home-made goods, and grass-fed meats and eggs. Once May arrives, there seems to be an outdoor market most days of the week. On Saturdays, the big market day, there are two large markets near us. One is rather adamant — and a bit of an unnecessary braggart — about featuring “local” foods. Their definition excludes many of the Amish farmers who live in the far northern portion of the state. But, the other market, where some vendors travel all night with their produce to set up at 7:30am, while smaller in size, features some great products. That is where I went today.
It is still early in the season, even with the unseasonable weather. Asparagus is still in season, strawberries are just arriving — a few weeks early — and it is the start of the season for the best tomatoes in the North America. I swear, it must be the soil! If there is a terroir for wine, certainly there can be one for tomatoes and the best must be in Indiana.
Although I usually go to the larger market where the CSA I’ve belonged to for a few seasons is located there, I love the view when I approach the smaller market. The temporary tent village set up in the crowded parking lot of a nondescript strip mall — in front of vacant stores, a defunct diner, a gym, and a You-Shred-It facility — always makes me smile.
I went to this smaller — the “non” local — market today and bought products from the man with the long beard, wearing the interesting-looking straw hat. I was happy to learn that he is at another location on Thursdays and Fridays. I would not offend him by trying to take his picture as they don’t believe in photography. I thought the same should apply to his produce stand. Once home I snapped a few shots for Ailsa’s photography challenge. Maybe not exactly the challenge, but if “the market” is the subject, surely the items bought there qualify too. Good eats this weeks: cauliflower, candy onions, strawberries, turnips, rhubarb and Indiana tomatoes.
Why don’t you join in Ailsa’s Travel theme: Street Markets challenge. Would love it if you left your link here too, but if you participate, be sure to leave it at Ailsa’s site.