This Week at the Farmers' Market
The Goddard Park Farmers' Market in Warwick, Rhode Island, is located at the Goddard State Park on Ives Road. It's open from 9:00am - 1:00pm on Fridays from May until October. There's usually between 15-20 vendors, give-or-take on any given week.
Fridays throw me off. The farmers' markets in Vermont were always on Saturdays. I only know of a few in Vermont that weren't on Saturdays. That's why I missed a few weeks at the beginning of the season. Even now, I still have to leave a note for myself the night before or I'll miss it again! Some days I get there early and pay top price for a better selection. Other weeks, I get there late when the vendors are selling cheap so they won't get stuck with whatever they're selling. However, there is virtually nothing left to pick from. You know what they say? You snooze, you lose!
John went with me today because we went to Newport to get the new part for my oven...but that's for another story! We got there around 10:00am. Lots of good stuff to pick from. Some day I'm gonna get a few lobsters from the Lobster Man. They always look so BIG and fresh. But at $16.00 each, they'll have to wait for a special occasion!
Speaking of which, the Bread Man was there too. This week he had prices and labels on all his baked goods. I've been going to this Farmers' Market for 5 weeks now and I don't ever recall him having signs or prices on anything until this week. Do you think he reads my blog? Last week I mentioned in my blog that I didn't like having to ask for the prices on everything and that the Farmers' Market we participated in for 10 years always had prices. Maybe he took the hint because this week he was ready for me! Coincidence? Maybe. But I appreciated him making the effort this time. Thank you Mr. Bread Man! I didn't have to dye my hair and wear a low-cut blouse after all! I bought a large Italian Wheat loaf and 2 Spinach Pies with cheese from him this week. And you know what? I STILL cannot find any cheese in these things! Either there is so little I can't see it, or it all melted and I still can't see it. It did, however have some black olives in them that were not on the label. They were really good, but I would like to try the Spinach Pies with Cheese at least once before October comes around! Bread - $4.50; 2 Spinach Pies - $7.00
I wanted another herb plant for my little floating boat garden. I picked out a healthy Lemon Balm plant from the Herb Lady that will go nicely with the Apple Mint I bought last week. I rubbed the leaves and it smelled so good! Lemon Balm - $3.50
The Frozen Lemonade Man was there, someone was getting rich on the pony rides, the Vinegar Lady, the Soap Lady and the Lettuce Man were there and a handful of other produce vendors. I didn't see any strawberries this week. Maybe they're all done. A line of cars were parked all along one side of the road making it very difficult to get in and out this week. Even still, it was a beautiful day to be at the Goddard Park Farmers' Market.