Despite flash flood warnings, eight faithful market vendors set up shop in the County Health Department parking lot. I was there by 7:30 AM to get everything I needed, just in case the weather got really nasty forcing them to bail (there were tornado watches, too).
And people came! That's right. It wasn't our steady stream of customers, but quite a few braved the stormy weather to get the best produce in town, and we had another amazing selection:
Veggies: red potatoes, white potatoes, red onions, yellow onions, green onions, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, mustard greens, radishes, turnips, kohlrabi...Fruits: dried cranberries, dried applesCanned goods: a variety of salsas, canned veggies, jellies and jams, tomato juiceBaked goods: yeast breads, sweet breads, bagel bitesOther: eggs, honey, cornmeal, ornamental plants
I wasn't technically supposed to be there, but the Earth Day Celebration where I was going to host a booth Saturday morning was cancelled due to the nasty weather. So because I stocked up last week, I didn't need much. I picked up more of those wonderful carrots, some red and white potatoes (I've been craving potato salad), and lots of honey (I've been baking lots of bread recently and have been going through the honey like water).
Then Sunday marked the most recent Brazos Locavore trip, this time to Kings Orchard where Dave and I picked up lots more local strawberries. This ought to last me until blackberry and dewberry season hit in about a month. Mmm, berries!
Of course, I still have lots of onions to be picked from the garden; local mushrooms, kohlrabi, and bok choy in the refrigerator; pounds of local rice and wheat berries stored in the freezer; and a pantry full of all-local home-canned soups and stewed tomatoes.
As I think back on all those water-logged vendors, huddled under tents in a chilly rain on Saturday morning I'm amazed at their dedication - being there no matter what the weather. But I suppose that's what local food does to you. It takes captive of each of our senses - the food tastes better, it looks better, it feels better, it smells better (ok, maybe it doesn't sound better but you get the idea). Local food moves the growers to faithfully provide to those for whom local food has called - people like me who know there's just no better place to eat than good old-fashioned local. I wouldn't miss it for the world (or the rain) either.
Have a great week, everyone. And, as always, Happy (and mindful) eating!