We have always been a fan of Farmer's Market -- and we've been going to our local Farmer's Market ever since we moved here. It's grown over the years and the offerings are much more gourmet than they once were -- in the old days -- summer offerings were often tomatoes, corn and big zucchini squash. Now, there are herbs and grain fed meat and gourmet produce are offered.
Saturday was the first Farmer's Market of the year . . . and I was there as a customer but also to help
our Garden Club.
With our annual plant sale. Some of us our Master Gardeners but not all of our club members and the Master Gardeners each have their area of expertise (mine is herbs).
Almost all of the plants are from our gardens which means that it's plant that you don't often find at plant sales. (A customer got so excited to see agapanthas offered for sale that I think we could have charged $10 each for them (we didn't) -- but we did get $5!)
We even had a few trees for sale as well as garden plants.
We all were up early to get our plants to the market before the 8 a.m. start time. I figured that the Gardeners would not have time for breakfast and so . . .
I baked a basket of blueberry muffins to take -- and they were still warm when we had enough of a lull that we could have a muffin or two!
We sold out of our plants and so we were happy. But we also sold out of . . .
The daisy cookies I made to sell. Not my idea, from Ina Garten although I made my favorite sugar cookie recipe but I cut them out with a daisy cutter like she did and the center is a yellow colored white chocolate disc.
Bagged two to a package and we sold them for $1. There wasn't one package left!
I did visit the Farmer's market booths -- it was good to see old friends again for I see them only at the Farmer's Market and the produce available early in May . . .
Radishes and young onions
A nice selection of fresh herbs
And radiccio, lettuces and herbs.
Home, in time to make a batch of cookies to take to a Derby party that we were invited to that afternoon.
Food for the communal appetizer table was requested and I brought . . .
Mint Julep Cookies. Daughter Sarah found the recipe on line and forwarded it to me. They were good cookies and the julep frosting was very potent!
I think they would make a good St. Patrick's Day cookie as well with Irish whisky substituted for the bourbon.
The recipe is simple -- your favorite shortbread cookie recipe (which I cut into rounds) and for the frosting 10 mint leaves chopped fine, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 3 T. bourbon added 1 T. at a time until you reach the right consistency (I used two). Frost cookies.
I brought home an empty plate!
I am celebrating my 4th Anniversary and I'm having a drawing for a package of one of my favorite tea's -- Harney's Hot Cinnamon. To be eligible for the drawing, comment on this post. I'll be drawing on May 9th. Good luck!
You have such a great set up for a farmer's market. The place for our farmer's market is being cleared for a new building. I don't know where they're moving to yet but I hope it's someplace with shade! :-)
Our Farmer's Market in on the Plaza between our historic Fort and downtown -- it's great because you can walk the market and then go back downtown. It is a good venue but they haven't always been there.
There is a small market in our rural community only once a month from May through October. Bigger farmers' markets are in the city, and we have to drive to them. I'd love to walk out on a Saturday morning with my basket to shop for fresh vegetables etc - what a treat that would be
Martha, you are just amazing!!! Both batches of cookies looked incredible. I myself took a long nap Saturday afternoon! You were the busy bee.
I think farmers' markets are wonderful gathering places. It seems to be about more than just fresh homegrown produce.
Ours certainly is . . . it's downtown and our kitchen/gourmet store is open with cookies and coffee as well so you can get a cup there and stroll the market. And there is nothing like really fresh produce!
Love reading your blog each day. It is inspirational! -- Karen
I love Farmer's Markets especially American ones which always have such a wonderful variety of handmade craft items as well as plants and food. The UK ones never seem quite so exciting. I must say that I love the sound of those mint julep cookies.
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