Farm markets have become much more popular over the last few years, and they can be found in our area every couple of days or so, in various places. Supposedly the largest one in Wisconsin after Madison's farm market on the Square, Appleton's Farm Market is sort of a destination spot for some on the weekends, especially once-monthly for their extended addition of arts and crafts vendors. However, my own hometown has a steadily growing farm market of its own, and if I have Saturday mornings free, I love to pop down there for some coffee from kc&t, Hmong egg rolls and spring rolls, Amish baked goods and a variety of local farmers' fruits and veggies.
Late summer fare is in full swing. Phasing out are the blueberries and strawberries, but well in season are tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage, and so on. I scooped up a pound of fresh beets, a pint of blueberries, broccoli, a couple pints of succulent grape tomatoes, and a small zucchini nut bread for dessert. And of course, the coffee! With a breakfast of spring rolls.
My sister accompanied me down, and we walked the small stretch of vendors. There are a few craftspeople too, most of which tends toward über-kitsch (crocheted hand towels -- crocheted anything, planters made out of old sneakers, doll clothes, etc). But some of it is a little more interesting, like a woman who wrapped wire around glass and affixed her designs to bowls and utensils. Not that it's very practical for me to be purchasing kitchen items right now... ;)
And my mom, whose passion for knitting and fiber has led to a small side business as Make.Do, with her yarn (and current project), set up for the morning.
I'm otherwise enjoying a day off, and looking forward to an afternoon in Appleton for the first Mile of Music festival. I'm determined to see folk music performer Charlie Parr, who is playing a couple of free shows today, and then perhaps I will be able to catch some people I know from the area, who are booked in various locations along the "mile."
Days to Edinburgh move-in: 28 (!!)