Farm to table, part 1

Posted: October 1, 2015 in Food, Miscellaneous
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When we lived in Cleveland, we were blessed to have a network of fantastic farmer’s markets all around us with the flagship market being the closest.  Most Saturday mornings I rolled out of bed and hurried to get to the market by 8 am or earlier.  When I first started going, arriving at 8 meant being one of the first customers.  But as the market became better known, there were more and more people there earlier and earlier.

Not only did I shop there, but for the better part of a year, I was part of the farmer’s side of things, selling chèvre for with Rob from Mackenzie Creamery.  It was so much fun.  It also gave me an appreciation for what many customers don’t consider.  A vendor arrives quite early in order to set up by opening time.  If the vendor has lots of product, it may take an hour to get ready.  Customers often arrive early, wanting to buy even though the vendor isn’t yet set up.  Finally, if the weather is bad (cold, rain, wind, snow, or a combination), the customer may stay home or just zip through the market to buy what’s on the list.  But the vendors who brave the weather, are there often for 5 or more hours!

Naperville also has a farmer’s market, a real farmer’s market that basically has only food items.  I go most Saturday mornings and am finding my favorite vendors and products.  Here are a few photos from the most recent trip.  I came home with green beans, corn on the cob (to cook and freeze), a peck of apples, two pints of raspberries, a gigantic head of romaine lettuce, a six-pack of the most wonderful apple cider cake doughnuts, and probably some things I don’t recall now.  I’ll share a few photos today and then on Saturday, while I’m visiting a farmer’s market in Philadelphia, weather permitting, I’ll share the rest (from Naperville.)  Enjoy!

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copyright janet m. webbWhen I first began going to the market, berries of all kinds were only in season for a very short time and often there weren’t many.  One of the reasons I came so early was to be sure to get raspberries.  Now there are enough varieties that there are still raspberries at the market at the end of September and the vendors are promising, weather permitting, more weeks of berries to come!

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  1. oh, i love apples – they look delicious here! 🙂

  2. Dan Antion says:

    So hungry now 🙂

  3. You certainly know how to grab a reader’s attention. Good eats. 🙂

    • Definitely good eats, Judy, and beautiful as well! I think I’d better head to the table for my breakfast: homemade granola topped with some of those raspberries, and get ready for work. Enjoy your day!


  4. This movement, which continues to grow, has been part of my community for decades. Buying local has so many nutritional advantages for customers and economic ones for the farmers. Happy travel and visit in Philadelphia.

  5. thirdeyemom says:

    Mmmmm looks so good Janet! We have tons of farmers markets here in Minneapolis and lots of eateries focused on farm to table. The fresh food is so amazing!

  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    We went apple picking a few weeks ago. Now you’re making me want to go again 🙂

  7. Fabulous photos! I love Farmers Markets!

  8. Farmers’ Markets are the best spots for photos and conversations. (It’s finally cooling a bit here, so the market trips will be more frequent and fun).
    The pumpkin image is elegant fall. Those raspberries are lined up like happy little toddlers waiting for Santa or to get in a movie or something – so plump and cheery looking.(Don’t shove. Wait your turn) Good composition in the last one. Markets and veggies seem to come dresses and ready to pose for their glamor shots, don’t they?

  9. nowathome says:

    I love going to farmers markets!

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