Farmers Market Sunday

in #fruitandveggiesmonday2 years ago (edited)


Inspired by @plantstoplanks market trips, I took a trip to not one, but two (yes, two!) local farmer's markets today. Despite the fact that it was 1,000, maybe even 2,000, degrees outside today (possibly more) I ventured out of the safe confines of my air-conditioned house and into the wall of humidity we call "outside."

My first stop was the Newark Farmers Market which, ironically, is not within the city limits of Newark.

In all honesty, I was really disappointed. I'd never been here before and it was much less a farmer's market than it was a discount grocery for nearly-expired or past-expired goods. There was, however, a really fun looking tractor in the front.

It was at this point I remembered a pop-up farmer's market that actually does reside within the city limits and off I hurried. Within a few moments I arrived at a simply named "Farmer's Market" in the Newark Shopping Centre.

This was much more what I was looking for: actual farm's displaying their goods for purchase, much like one might find in a Revolutionary-era common green. I wasn't disappointed.

I didn't walk through taking pictures of all the booths, but I certainly did walk through the entire thing. Three times. In the skin-boiling heat. But I found some goodies!

Watermelon! Watermelon is my go-to-food-of-choice in the summer. It serves all purposes. I like to cube it and snack on it throughout the day (one of the unfortunate side-effects of working from home is that snacking becomes too easy). I also like to snack on the cubes after my lunch time bike ride (one of the fortunate perks of working from home is bike riding at lunch). And then I might just snack on it because it's tasty, low in calories, tasty, has plenty of water in it, and is tasty. Mmmmm.

Watermelon cubes work well as a garnish for a glass of wine, too.

Other goodies!

More peaches.

And tomatoes, because my tomato vine's are still growing only green tomatoes.

Corn! It was looking tasty. I hope it's sweet.

Blueberries! For breakfasts. They go well in pancakes and waffles and so many other things.

And some ugly carrots. I specifically asked for the ugly ones. They'll be just as tasty.

In hindsight I should have gotten enough others to make a gazpacho soup, because I good, cold soup would have been perfect for a day like today when I think the tires on the car may have melted away.

I'm definitely going back next weekend, but I'll do it the right way and ride my bike. It's barely two miles away and there's no sense driving that at all.

EDIT:

@plantstoplanks suggested I enter this into #fruitsandveggiesmonday contest originated by @lenasveganliving. I'm going to go peruse some of their recipes.

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Yay! I love a visit to the farmers market! Glad you endured the sweltering heat to find some yummy goodies. We usually go right when they are opening on Saturday mornings, and I still end up covered in sweat this time of year by the time we leave. Totally worth it, though.

We have a few stores that sound like the first one you went to here, as well. Seems silly that they can call themselves a "farmers market" when nothing is locally grown. Ah well, they serve their purpose. I actually grabbed my first watermelon this past weekend at my market, too! I'm finishing up the peaches from picking last week before I cut into it, though. I can't wait! I've gotten a few rock melons, which are good but nothing beats refreshing watermelon on a summer day for sure. Love your ugly carrots, too!

Thanks so much for jumping on the fruits and veggies bandwagon! If you want to officially enter, feel free to drop your link on the contest post here: https://steemit.com/fruitsandveggiesmonday/@vegansofsteemit/steemit-fruits-and-veggies-monday-competition-special-announcement The only other requirement you didn't hit is to mention the creator @lenasveganliving. No pressure to have to make it official, though, I'm just happy to see people spreading the local produce love on the blockchain! 💚🍒

Oh that's awesome, another contest! I'll put this entry in (a quick edit will work!) and possibly another. Thanks for the pointer!

I have subsequently been pointed to two additional proper farmer's markets, one held Thursday, the other Friday. I'll see if I can carve some time out to visit them, too.

I'm curating your post!