10 August 2013

The local farm market

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.

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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 ΓΌber-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.

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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."

Bon week-end!

Days to Edinburgh move-in: 28 (!!)


  1. Love farmers markets! All the colors! and mmmm, the spring rolls look so good. I love fresh spring rolls like that. I was making them all the time for awhile there. I need to start again! Holy cow, LESS THAN A MONTH until Edinburgh?!!! :)

  2. PS a lovely gal who connected with me through this blogging world of ours is actually in Edinburgh. Her name is Claire. You might want to look her up or at least say HEY through her blog. Always nice to have a local give a rec here or there, right?! http://www.thislittlehouse.co.uk/

  3. Oh MAN I love farmer's markets! There are always the best produce too!

    xo Lisa
    Making Life's Lemons