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Things you see at the farmers' market

It would be more aptly named a flea market because the majority of the hundreds of sellers there are trying to sell crap that is yard sale level or below.  There are several actual farmers who sell garden plants or vegetables for good prices.  Most of it is organic and locally grown-- two things I'm looking for more and more lately. 

A lot of the garden plants available are annuals, which are not really what I want.  One stand, that apparently is affiliated with a brick-and-mortar store, had variegated hostas with curly leaves, like I've been seeking, but they wanted $20 for a small pot.  I don't think so!  Also was looking for black-eyed susans or purple coneflowers and didn't see any of those either.  Lots of petunias, impatiens, zinnias and marigolds up the wazoo.  I say, "eh."

I did procure some lovely asparagus-- the skinny kind-- perfect to go with the chicken cordon bleu  I am considering for dinner tomorrow.  I'll just need to get some ham and swiss cheese.  Also purchased some vidalia red onions and some new red potatoes.  A vendor I had not seen before was offering adorable tie-dyed kids clothes and I got Lexi a purple sun dress.  I hope it fits her.  It seemed too much in line with her personality to pass it by, just bright and vibrant and happy.  Last but not least, some gardening hand tools, cause I didn't have any.

The reason I'm looking for these plants is that there are these two stupid plastic pipes that are in the middle of the front yard.  Apparently they are sort of important and have to be there so (like all of my neighbors) I was thinking of putting a small decorative flower bed out there to sort of camouflage the pipes.  So I wanted stuff that was perennial but pretty and grows to be 12 inches or taller.  I know the hostas aren't tall, but I do like them a lot and think they're pretty.

I was happy to find a nice local coffee roaster and had a cup of really good coffee. I saw some butchers I would have considered buying from except I didn't want to be hauling meat around with me while I walked. 

It felt so strange and free to be wandering around by myself.  I really enjoyed watching people and just wandering aimlessly.  Great day for me.  Now I'm just waiting for the boys to get home.


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May. 14th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
"It felt so strange and free to be wandering around by myself. I really enjoyed watching people and just wandering aimlessly. Great day for me. " I hear ya! I had an hour to myself at IKEA recently and it was bizarre bliss.

"A lot of the garden plants available are annuals, which are not really what I want. " I have a sign in my garden/tool room: Friends Don't Let Friends Buys Annuals. :)

May. 14th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
I've been getting in market mode lately. Can't wait till some things start popping up around here.
May. 15th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
I prefer the skinny asparagus over the fatter ones too.

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