Heirloom Tomatoes in all the colors of the rainbow!
Summer is Here!
There's no doubt about it, summer is here in all its glory! The stands were overloaded with the most colorful and fresh produce of the season so far. I love this time of year. The smells of ripe heirloom tomatoes, basil and fuzzy peaches were intoxicating. The sight of crates upon crates of this years corn made me dizzy trying to decide who to buy it from. Customers with change in their pockets, buzzing from stand to stand like bees, were intent on filling their recyclable bags full of everything they could get their hands on. Obviously, this made the farmers very happy.
There's always a bunch of happy kids playing in the center of the circle, running around with bagels in their hands and dogs waiting for the bagels to drop to the ground so they can pounce on them!
On any given week there's about 15 vendors, give or take. This week I counted 20 without the Lemonade truck. Maybe I'm getting there too early in the morning, but I haven't seen the pony rides lately.
Two Vendors That Made An Impression On Me This Week:
Barden Family Orchard
Barden's had the most delicious corn I've had this season! Hand's down, it was THE BEST!
I kick myself for buying only 6 ears! And then I invited company over to have the quiche (see below) I made and we shared the corn to boot!
You better believe I'm going back tomorrow and this time I'll buy 2 dozen ears! They also had beautiful peaches, but when you snooze, you loose! I stared at them, they were so beautiful I ate them with my eyes, then I walked away to look at what the other vendors had. When I got back for the corn, there were no more peaches left! CRAP! I'll be buying some of those tomorrow as well! I'm not writing their info here, because as you can see, their sign says it all!
Earth Essence Herbals
I met an herbalist selling all natural skin care products for the body, mind and spirit. Earth Essence Herbals is a cottage company run by Marlene Wojcik located in Carolina, Rhode Island. I bought a bottle of the most heavenly scented Lavender Floral Water I've ever smelled. It was almost hypnotizing. Her brochure says this Lavender Spray can be used as a perfume, as a spray to freshen up a room, or to spritz on linens. She goes on to say that "Lavender - A natural blend of Lavender Flowers infused in Olive Oil and Grapeseed Oil. The healing properties of Lavender are calming, soothing, and balancing for the skin." She had a very attractive table set up with all sorts of creams, salves, bath salts, scrubs, bath oils, balms and even bug spray! They're all hand crafted products too! The prices were reasonable, no more than you would spend anywhere else. If you can't get to the Goddard Park Farmers' Market on Fridays from 9-1pm, you can call her at 401-364-0594 or check out her website at www.earthessenceherbals.com.
Fresh From The Orchard Apples
Look at These Juicy Blackberries!
What I Bought Last Week
- 1) bottle of Lavender Spray $12.00
- 6) ears of Corn $3.50
- 1) 1/2 pint of Blackberries $4.00
- 1) bunch of Rainbow Chard $2.00
- 1) bunch of Red Onions $2.50
- 1) very large Leek $2.00
- 1) bunch of Broccoli $2.50??
- 2) pounds of early Apples $3.50???
- AND 1 Cheese Danish cause I wanted to! $2.00
Darn! I Should Have Bought More Sweet Corn!
Beautiful, Bright Yellow Sunflowers
Broccoli, Leek and Zucchini Quiche
When I got home, I made a batch of pie crust, sauteed the leeks, red onion, broccoli and zucchini and made a To-Die-For Broccoli, Leek and Zucchini Quiche. I put Vermont Cheddar and fresh grated parmesan cheese in it too. It was a deep dish quiche because I only have one pan, my Pampered Chef stoneware pie dish. That's OK though, because it was so thick and good and John could smell it all the way down the dock when he came home! I'll post the recipe ASAP, but until then, I'll leave you with a very tempting photo of the quiche to hold you over!
Your Local Farmers' Market
I can't stress enough with the way this economy is going how important it is to buy local. Everyone is struggling to put food on their table. Buying local is better for your health (you know where it's coming from - think e coli and salmonella), it's better for our local economy (it helps keep the money in our own back yards) and it's better for the farmers (no explanation needed). Shop your Farmers' Market! Everyone wins!
And Last but Not Least, My Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee and Cheese Danish!
Goddard Park Farmers' Market, Warwick, Rhode Island Hours: Open Fridays until mid-October - 9:00am-1:00pm