Saturday Farmer’s Market

You’ll have to indulge me for a moment as I wax on about the Saturday Farmers Market. I’ve been going to the Saturday Farmers Market a lot in the last month or two, but wasn’t really going much at all the first half of summer.  At first, I was in search of the honey lady. She used to be at the main farmer’s market in downtown Gresham, but moved over to the one at MHCC a few years ago. I know. I hunted her down a couple of years ago as summer was drawing to a close and I wasn’t seeing the honey lady at the Saturday farmer’s market in downtown Gresham anymore. She has a Facebook page, but hadn’t updated it in years. Hmmm. Must not realize the power of social media in keeping your people informed… Maybe I should post one of my pictures of her honey on her wall informing others where she is now located…

 

Cute little honey bears
Cute little honey bears at the Farmer’s Market

 

These wind chimes were so awesome! I kept taking boomerang shots of them because it caught the wonderful spinning action. Still pretty like this, but way funner when they are moving.

 

Wind chimes
Wind chimes

 

After finding my honey this summer, I had to go back to see what fruits and vegetables are in season. Okay, mostly fruits. I don’t think I’ve bought a single vegetable from the farmer’s market at all this summer. I have in the past, but this summer I’ve been in search of fresh fruit. Ripened on the tree or vine or bush or whatever plant it’s growing on. I wasn’t too thrilled with my peaches this year. Obvi they were picked way before they were ripened because they had no flavor whatsoever and started going bad without ever gaining any. Big disappointment. My nectarines were wonderful, but my pears, just so-so. Couldn’t find any plums at either market, so we headed off to another stand for those.

 

Radishes
Radishes – I hate them, but they sure are pretty

 

Love the way the light shone through this red glass plate!
Love the way the light shone through this red glass plate!

 

I may have to buy some of this purple cauliflower before market ends this year because – well, it’s purple! How much more fun is that than the regular white kind? Right???

 

Purple and white cauliflower
Purple and white cauliflower

 

Pretty bouquet of flowers
Pretty bouquet of flowers

This week, my mom and I went to the Salvation Army Harvest Days and picked up a bunch of fruits and vegetables. This is for seniors and people with low incomes. They have it once a month on the first Wednesday of the month. Not too proud to take free food when I need it. Nope. So we loaded up on, again mostly fruit, so I didn’t even go to the Saturday farmer’s market this weekend. Way. Too. Much. Fruit. To. Ever. Eat. In. A. Lifetime right now in my house. I seriously made a honeydew/peach smoothie today because that was the fruit that needed eaten the quickest. Sounds weird, but it was pretty good.

 

Green and orange striped mini pumpkins
Green and orange striped mini pumpkins

 

It’s always fun to see the fun craft items people sell, the flowers and the food and all the little doggies that come with their owners. The lady who sells painted rocks also hides 10 of them a week around Gresham. There is even a Facebook page for people who hide rocks around Gresham called Gresham ‘Rocks’

 

Bumblebee rocks
Bumblebee rocks

Even though I didn’t make it this week, I’ll have to make sure I go again in the next weekend or two because soon they will be closing for the winter. In fact, the one at MHCC  already closed the end of last month.

I still miss the elephant ear stall at the main market in Gresham, though. It’s just not the same looking for a treat at the food stalls, but never finding the elephant ear one…  🙁

What are your favorite things at a Farmers Market near you?

 

 

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