I am having a great day. No let restate differently – I am having an awesome day. Wanna know why? Because I had a FANTASTIC time at 8:20 am this morning at the farmers market. I have been hearing about it and wanting to go for some time but 1. Did not know where it was located and 2. Never made time for it.
I went today with my cousin and it was fabulous! We traveled down I-83 in Baltimore City and exited off of Exit 2 at Pleasant Road. Busted a right and then left and parked in the available parking lot. It was already PACKED by 8:20 am. Can you imagine?
We went through the gates and I was ready to buy at the first vendor because he had the most beautiful kale I had ever seen. $1 per pound! Can’t beat it. My cousin held me back and told me to circle through all the booths FIRST before purchasing. I also brought cash because I learned you pay what is priced vs. using a debit card where you can hammered with additional costs. Smart move…..who knew $40 bucks cash could go so far and still come home with $15 left! I bought all of my bounty for just under $25 bucks! Can’t beat that with a bat.
We walked through from booth to booth. Saw fresh flowers with bees buzzing, saw booths with exotic looking vegetables like some strange looking alien eggplant. Saw a booth with a variety of KALE! It was more than $1 per pound but hey – they were exotic. I didn’t take a picture and can’t remember their names – sorry. I was overwhelmed with the freshness.
Found a booth selling collards whole and they were BEAUTIFUL! Saw another booth where they were filming but I was there too early to jump in the background and wave while they were filming the mayor. She hadn’t arrived yet. DARNIT! Saw some fresh okra but since I don’t know how to make them like my grandmother makes them – I passed but they were so cheap..made me want to buy them anyway. Anyone have a dehydrated okra chip recipe? If you do leave a comment.
Most of the vendors were friendly and others were just umm errraaa just a little “rough around the edges” in their response to questions. Nonetheless….once we circled the parking lot I whipped out my money and started buying – at the first vendor I saw because they were the most cost effective!
I bought the following for juicing (carrots, beets, and dandelions). Chef Ahki has a dandelion juicing recipe which inspired me to purchase it and try it. She calls it her Ahki Big Bang juice! It is bright green – I bet it does have a BIG BANG! Anywho…I also purchased 2 lbs of kale for $2 bucks.
On the walk out I started taste testing some peaches since my cousin was looking at another booth. I tried donut peaches, white peaches and yellow peaches. Hands down – yellow peaches won so I bought about $5 bucks worth of them.
So then we circle back around again and we find the mesclun greens vendor who had these beautiful flowers in the mixed salad greens. I asked to try a flower and he gives me a BOUQUET of flowers (literally a handful of flowers to try). Way more than expected. I pop one in my mouth and it was delicious. Tasted like peppers…and then it got hotter! I like spicy so it was a nice surprise at the end. I needed some water. That is going to taste fantastic in a salad with tomatoes and cucumbers.
Seriously – don’t be late to the party like me. Find out where your local farmers market is located and take a visit. I am sure you won’t be disappointed! Happy Eating!
If you have information on your location farmers market please leave a comment below.