Buy Fresh, Buy Local Michigan Select Farmers Market

18 09 2008
Buy Fresh, Buy Local Farmers Market in the shadow of the Michigan State Capitol

Buy Fresh, Buy Local Farmer's Market in the shadow of the Michigan State Capitol

J and I got up earlier than we normally do to once again head to the State Capitol for the Buy Fresh, Buy Local Farmer’s Market.  We went to the event in July and came home with a lot of fresh produce.  We headed downtown today not needing much, but we had such a good time at the last one, we didn’t want to miss this one.

There weren’t quite as many vendors this time, but the ones that were there had a lot more produce.  I noticed in Ann Arbor over the weekend that a lot of farmers were starting to peddle their peppers.  That trend continued today.  There were a lot of peppers including the hard to find purple peppers.  I looked at some habenero’s, but passed because I didn’t have a recipe in mind. 

We looked at apples, but didn’t buy.  J likes to take one to her with work every day so she has something to snack on other than candy, but since we’re planning on being away for the weekend, we passed.  They were a little pricey and we didn’t want to waste them.  Had this been a Monday, I’m positive we would have bought some.

She did end up buying more blueberries and raspberries.  I finished up the last two pints making a mixed berry pie, so we needed some more for salads.  I think she ended up paying around $8 for the two pints.  The raspberries were $5 and the blueberries $3. 

I didn’t find a whole lot of fresh herbs which was what I was looking for.  I did pick up another bunch of basil since that’s the one I know I can use in just about anything.  I’m still looking for fresh thyme which seems to be much harder to find.

We passed up a lot of good stuff just because we didn’t have a lot of use for it right now.  I’ve always been tempted to buy some flour, but I just don’t know what I would use it in.  I don’t bake bread all that often.  I didn’t notice as much meat this time either.  There was one vendor selling fresh mozzarella and I believe it was buffalo mozzarella.  They had packages of ground buffalo on the table, but I didn’t stop and look.  Vendors were starting to get pushy and I hate that.  Since there was no one else at the booth, I didn’t want to make contact and get pushed into a sale.  Just let me look, damnit.  If I want it, I’ll buy it.  You telling me how great it is isn’t going to help.

We didn’t come home with nearly as much stuff this time around, but we still had a good time.  These events are really cool and give us a good chance to see what’s out there.  We’ll be looking forward to next summer when they come back.  Until then, I’ve still got a couple farmer’s markets in the area that I need to check out now that farmer’s are starting to pull stuff out of their fields.

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