Monday, August 10, 2009

Local diet update - August 10, 2009

What a wonderful feeling to be back at the Brazos Valley Farmers' Market on Saturday morning, hosting my booth. I'd been gone for the last two Saturdays in California and although I loved vacation, it's always good to come home.

I pulled in at 6:30AM with all my booth supplies, and it wasn't long after, the customers began arriving (we don't technically open until 8AM, but who's gonna say no to a sale?). Before things got too busy and I was needed at my own booth (I host the information booth for the market), I made my way to each vendor's display while mentally reviewing what all-local supplies I already had at home: things like brown rice, honey, chard, collard greens, sage, and lambs-quarter (all fresh); as well as home-canned soups, pasta sauce, corn, and pinto beans in the pantry.

With home already a local food extravaganza, I picked up a few supplements: watermelon, zucchini, yellow squash, white eggplant (teeny tiny ones in the cloth bag), basil, grape jelly, and eggs. And with that we are well on our way to another local food week. Mmm, mmm!

The market Saturday morning also brought some wonderful news! We will now offer two year-round markets - our regular Saturday market (which is already year-round) and a Wednesday market (formerly April-August) at locally-owned grocery store Village Foods. Yeah local!

So what will become of all these wonderful local goodies here at home? Stay tuned for Thursday's market to table post to find out. Until then, have a great week. And, as always, Happy (and mindful) eating!


Beany said...

That is excellent news!I like having a variety of farmers' markets within biking distance because I like to have flexibility. Sometimes I have plans and can't attend the Sun market and decide to attend the Wednesday or Saturday one.

Clearly your little town is creating a demand for local food. How wonderful!

Heather @ SGF said...

Beany - that's the cool thing. They changed the location of the Wednesday market (in addition to making it year-round) and now it's well within biking distance. In fact, it's being held at the locally-owned grocery where I shop several times a week. Awesome!