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Saturday, August 25, 2012

To market, to market



I love going to the weekly farmer’s market. Of course, the food is always great. That’s where I pick up most of my naturally raised meats. The veggies are amazing. There are plenty of baked goods if that’s your thing. Then there’s the chance to try foods I wouldn’t normally eat. At the last market, I tried some pickled kielbasa. Sounds horrible, I know, but this was wonderful. It was like discovering a new sin.

While all the products are great, one of the big attractions is the chance to connect with people. Market day brings them all out. It can be tough to keep up with friends and relatives. Lives are busy. At least once a week, I’ve got a chance to meet up with people and make plans to see each other later in the week.

Sunday I’m going to a friends to pick up some firebrick. With those bricks I’ll be able to rebuild my kitchen woodstove and keep it running another season. He’s also found some dry firewood for the right price. We’ll get together on that too.

My lovely wife and I met up with some other friends we haven’t seen in a while. They’ve been off on adventures of their own. They just drove from northern New Hampshire to Alaska and back. We got to pick up a few travel tips.

While in town, we caught a free outdoor concert by a sax player we really enjoy. Ran into more friends there. Even heard of a possible job lead for an unemployed buddy of mine.

Market combines so many wonderful things: good food, good friends, and it’s a boost to the local economy. Darn fine mental health break too.

-Sixbears

4 comments:

  1. We have one in our town, but it's run by the yuppie types and the "save the downtown" folks. So, it's downtown, where we prefer not to go, and is over-run with people lifting their pinkies as they sample the wine.

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    1. Too bad. Our market is run by farmer and blue collar types with just a smattering of artsy folk. Nice mix, really.

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  2. Phyllis (N/W Jersdey)August 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    We are lucky here. When our garden is kaput we can go to any crossroads and find a great farmer's cart! It's all local, fresh and helps supports the many small area farms. It sure beats running into town where the prices are double!

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    1. You are lucky. Support the local growers.

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