But it wasn't just an amazing showing of vendors, we had a steady stream of customers all bundled up just like we were, customers who just couldn't pass up the freshest produce in town. Although, I admit, I couldn't pass it up either! I was there with my booth, covered in knee socks, heavy clothes, wool boots, a down jacket, hat, scarf, gloves, two blankets, and never far away from my vendor-neighbor's propane heater (yes, in fact I am a wuss - I moved away for Indiana for a good reason, thank you!)
And although our holiday festivities don't officially start until next weekend, we even had a Santa mannequin singing holiday tunes. The kids got a real kick out of that!
So what was available on this blustery morning? Check it out:
Of course, now that we've had our first freeze, the peppers, green beans, and yellow squash will be no more. But then, there's so much to look forward to here in winter veggies.Veggies and Fruits: Yellow onions, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, yellow squash, carrots, green tomatoes, green beans, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant, zucchini, bok choy, sprouts, spring mix, peanuts, a variety of hot and sweet peppers, kohlrabi, turnips, radishes, spinach, leaf lettuce, mustard greens, herbs, lemonsBaked Goods: tamales, yeast breads, sweet breads, cheese breads, cakes, pumpkin rolls, peanut brittle, cookies, pecan specialty treatsCanned Goods: jellies, jams, relishes, pickles, salsas, sweet spreads, canned veggies (tomatoes, eggplant preserves, pickled peppers)Other Foods: pecans, eggs, olive oil, cornmeal, whole wheat flour, hot pepper sauce, locally-roasted coffees, honey, bread mix, spice mixesCrafts: stained glass, aprons, hats, bands, wooden benches, candles, pot holdersPlants: herb plants, decorative plants, live oak trees
As for me, I had a great haul, myself, coming home with peanuts, 2 bottles of local wine (I privately bartered with a vendor for this), whole wheat flour, carrots, lemons, and onions. Actually, most of the food in the photo was either given to me or bartered for. Awesome!
The peanuts and wine have been set aside for gifts, the lemons will most likely be juiced and frozen for recipes later, but the onions and carrots are all mine - more stir fries and salads are on the menu this week when I add it to the broccoli, snow peas, lettuce, radishes, and green onions I'm harvesting out of the backyard, as well as the sweet potatoes, green peppers, soups, pasta sauces, rice, corn, and pesto that I've preserved over the last 6 months. Can you believe all that is local? Yum!
Hope you're all having a great weekend (and staying warm)!
Happy (and mindful) Eating!