Farmers Market Sunday

Today was a boiling hot day at the market (the first one all summer, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much), and I felt bad for the vendors having to sit there through the hottest part of the day.  We got some great loot though!

Lots of great things

Lots of great things

  • 1/2 gallon low fat milk from Battenkill Creamery
  • 1 pint of cream (to make more homemade butter!) from Battenkill Creamery
  • 2 stalks fresh corn from Barber Farm
  • 1 quart of deliciously sweet peaches from Maynard Farm
  • 3 quarts of pickling cucumbers (!!!) from Barber Farm
  • 1 small ball of mozzarella from Heamour Farm
  • 1lb wildflower honey from Lloyd Spear, Beekeeper
  • 4 huge cubanelle peppers from Buhrmaster Farm
  • 1.12lbs of top round steak from Mariaville Angus Farm

The peaches we got from Maynard last week were so sweet and juicy we devoured them! Can’t wait to try them this week.

It’s really great seeing the bounty of the summer.  Last summer I thought we did and saw a lot, but this summer I’m learning so much more about various veggies and fruits, bugs and dirt. Having the garden has truly opened my eyes to how much the land produces for us.  I mean, of course I knew that everything comes from the land, but there’s something different about watching seeds that I planted earlier in the year turn into real vegetables and fruit.  I walk by other people’s plots in our community garden and for the first time see exactly how cucumbers grow or what beets in dirt look like.  Perhaps it’s old hat to some of you, but I honestly had no idea how green beans or sugarsnap peas grew before this year.  Today I walked up and down the market stalls looking at all the produce, and I was  just amazed at all there was.  Just a few short months ago (March) none of it existed, and now, thanks to the work of these farmers, we all get to partake in it.

And speaking of partaking, perhaps you noticed the THREE quarts of pickling cucumbers in the picture above?  Guess what we’ll be making this week?  I can’t wait to taste bit into some lip-puckering dill pickles!  These pickles were 2 quarts for $5, and they had a sample 2 quart box on the table and a basket of the pickling cucumbers.  You were supposed to fill the 2 quart box and then dump it into your bag.  So we filled it up, asked the guy if he thought we filled it ok (didn’t want to overfill it) and he heaps what looked like another huge bundle of pickles on top of the quart box and says, “Nah, I think it’s good now.”  So we came home and filled our quart boxes and see it’s practically a whole ‘nother quart.  Sweet!  Maybe he just wanted to get rid of them?

It’s really great being able to try preserving new foods!

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