My first purchase was at this maple syrup vendor's tent. But I didn't buy any syrup! Instead, I found Bestcestershire Sauce (which I got to sample first and the sample convinced me to buy it) and also an amazing hickory smoked sea salt. They take sea salt and smoke it over hickory bark for 4 days. Had a sample of that- fantastic smokey taste that will be an awesome finish for pot roast, soup, and fish.
I stopped at Nicole-Taylor's to check out the handmade noodles and ended up buying 2 packets of lemon pepper and 1 of chipotle. The packets are single serving and can be frozen for up to 2 months. I'm really excited for the lemon pepper. I plan to do a veggie toss with it- a little olive oil, capers, brussel sprouts (I steam them and then finish them in a foil packet in the oven with lemon pepper and a couple slices of lemon), asparagus, artichokes, sauteed mushrooms... yum!
Next came Teagan's favorite stop- the honey booth! And would you believe that I forgot to buy honey? I'm a big fan of using locally produced honey- they say it can help with allergies to local pollens and such. I had my eye on the honey soap but I'm still using the goat's milk soap I bought from Annie's Goat Hill a while back.
The honey booth is Teagan's favorite stop because I give her 4 quarters and she gets to buy 5 honey sticks. She picked out flavors for her brother, too. She chose to enjoy the root beer honey stick while we finished shopping.
Next, we stopped to listen to this guy who was there promoting his upcoming album. Teagan was fascinated by the hands free harmonica, enjoyed the singing, and was really confused as to why he took his shoes off. We gave him a dollar.
Final stop was produce. Next trip, I'll hit up the meat farmers but the lines were a little long and Teagan was a bit restless by this point. But I had to get my asparagus and I managed to snag the last bunch of radishes!
Lots of people bring their dogs out to the Markets around here. I only noticed this sign on this one booth. I have to wonder if they've had a bad experience with the dogs?
Oh! It wasn't my last stop! We passed by a caterer- no storefront or restaurant (yet)- who specializes in Mediterranean dishes. I tried the pickled cabbage (it was awesome but pricey at $7 for the jar) and Teagan tried the phylo-cheese-spinach thing. She loved it so I bought some.
Got home and surveyed my finds! I bought 4 tomato plants. 2 are mule team tomatoes (large, good for slicing for burgers) and 2 are black cherry tomatoes.
All the good stuff I bought! Spinach, radishes, asparagus, bestcestershire sauce, noodles, mediterranean food, dog cookies, persimmon bread (Zach LOVED these. Teagan didn't like them- thought they tasted like chocolate. The guy selling them had said they were similar to a brownie and I guess he was right- I didn't even get a nibble so I guess I have to buy more next time!), honey sticks, hickory smoked salt, granola.