Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Farmer's Market and our Downtown Planters

Our Farmer's Market started last Saturday -- what better way to start the first day of May than with a Farmer's Market -- fresh produce finally, after a winter of supermarket vegetables.

Our Farmer's Market is Saturday morning and Tuesday evening -- I just got home from my shopping tonight. With a bag full of great produce.
Randy has the best herbs -- less expensive than the supermarket and so much fresher too!
Loaves of homemade tea breads -- banana, pumpkin, apple -- on Saturday morning, it's a great treat to go along a Farmer's Market omelet.

Mary's rhubarb, radishes and onions -- it's spring!!!! And all came home with me!
Nothing like a freshly picked radish . . .

We're always glad to see the Gannons with their great chickens and the best pork and beef products.
Or a jar of homemade jam -- Ronnie always a good selection!
And we're fortunate to have Amish vendors -- they make the best pickled beets!
And we always say "hello" to their horses!

But before we went to the Farmer's Market tonight, we -- the Master Gardeners and Garden Club planted planters downtown.

This planter got a good planting of begonias.

Red ones that by mid-summer will fill the planter with color!

We didn't plant this whole planter but we did add some petunias for summer color!

I'm celebrating my Second Anniversary and my 600+ post and my 200+ follower with a giveaway! A favorite book, Betty Crocker's Kitchen Gardens by Mary Mason Campbell with illustrations by Tasha Tudor. Just leave a comment for a chance to win -- if you've commented on Sunday and Monday, you can do so again -- and your name will be entered again! If you're a follower, that's another chance!

Drawing will be Thursday morning -- since my Birthday is Wednesday!!!! You'll have all day Wednesday to enter!

And since it is Wednesday, please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer because it's Outdoor Wednesday! What better way to celebrate than with our first Farmer's Market and the planting of the planters downtown!


Mitzi said...

Happy Birthday. I enjoy our local Farmer's Market too. Please enter me in your contest. I am a big Tasha Tudor fan.

Unknown said...

What yummy finds!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, how I would love it if we had a farmer's market close by. I love fresh vegs. Can't wait till tomatoes start coming in. Very nice giveaway and happy birthday!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I am a follower.

Blondie's Journal said...

Our Farmer;s Market open at the end of May and you have me becoming very impatient!! The veggies and herbs look fabulous!!

I believe I entered you giveaway already. Why does the name Tasha Tudor ring a bell with me?


Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, I'm a devoted follower. I LOVE Farmer's Market season!! We are fortunate to have several nearby and a large one in Raleigh.
xoxo Pattie

Ms. Bake-it said...

Congratulations on your Second Anniversary, 600+ post and 200+ followers! Happy Birthday! Mine was Monday!

On Saturdays I get all my fresh produce for the week at our local famer's market. One of the vendors I favor puts placards by all her produce telling which farm it came from and if it is organic. I really like knowing that I am purchasing produce from local farmers.

~ Tracy

Ms. Bake-it said...

I am a new follower.

9405018--Pat said...

Happy Birthday!!!! love your farmer's market...thanks for sharing...Pat H
I am a follower

Suz said...

Happy 20th birthday :)

I am a follower

From the Kitchen said...

Our farmers' market doesn't open until June 1. I can hardly wait. It's only on Saturdays. Had I been with you, I would have certainly come home with a jar of that elderberry jam, a loaf of banana bread and those luscious radishes. Have you ever had them on buttered bread for tea? I can just imagine how lovely those planters will be when they fill in.


Charity said...

I love going to the farmer's market - my girls love to pick out produce. There is just something nice about seeing the people who grew your food.

Karena said...

Tis the season! The outdoor markets have produce and fresh made goods galore!!

Art by Karena

Southerncook said...

I enjoy our farmers market too but yours looks fabulous. There is no money better spent than on good fresh vegetables and if they are local, even better.

Happy Birthday to you. What a milestone.


Sherry said...

Happy birthday! I too wish we had a local farmer's market. We sorta know who plants what and has extra to sell. Seems like the rules and regs ruined the last attempt.

Glad you aren't having too many rules for your celebrations. ;o)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

We have a farmers' market here too - aren't they just the greatest?

I had never heard of that book - it looks so interesting.

I do follow you - on bloglines - you have three other followers over there - just in case you wanted to know.

Pondside said...

We don't have a proper farmers' market here, but there are several small neighbourhood markets - mostly operating from the tailgates of trucks.
I love the idea of volunteers filling the planters in your city - great community spirit!

KathyB. said...

Your Farmers' Market has so much more to offer than ours do right now, the weather has not been very spring-like here just yet! Love the pictures of the Market and produce for sale.

Yes, please enter me in the contest too!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

LOVE the farmers market! Best vegies and fruit in town!! Happy Birthday!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I am officially a follower now, too! I just started my blog this week and am enjoying all the wonderful people I am meeting!

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha......what a great Farmer's market, ours are not open yet, but I love going early on saturdays. Thanks for sharing your photo's.

Mary Bergfeld said...

I loved your market tour. I always anticipate the opening of ours. It is a sure sign that summer is on the way. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Tina said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for the great tour. Our farmer's market opened this weekend. It's always great to switch to better produce, like you said!

From the Kitchen said...

Happy Birthday Martha! I hope your day is filled with those you love and doing what you enjoy most. In my opinion, a birthday should be a month-long celebration. Enjoy every minute!


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That looks like a wonderful Farmers' Market! Ours is opening this Saturday and I can't wait to get there. Following, as usual ;)

william said...

Happy Birthday, Martha, and Many Happy Returns!


Daniela said...

Great shots, i just love Farmers Market : )

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

I like the baked bread. And the prices are so good for home baked sweet bread. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for your visit...Julian

Ann said...

Farmers Markets are such fun places to go, I always find several vegies and plants to buy. Looks like you really brought in a haul. Happy Wednesday.