My town, Viroqua, boasts this lovely, vibrant farmer’s market. Not too bad for a town of 4,000, eh?
I don’t go there very often, but really, I should! Just look at what they’ve got to offer:
I was beyond thrilled to have stumbled upon these pie cherries – they are hard to grow and even harder to find in our parts – and they just happen to be my #1 favorite fruit for cooking. I purchased two quarts of them and that same afternoon my kids and I pitted them with safety pins and paper clips, stuck them in the freezer, and later turned them into this wonderful food-processor ice-cream (I used more sugar than the original recipe indicates because pie cherries are very tart).
My husband especially loved it.
Next, what do you know, we ran into my niece Penny and her mom Julia. Penny loves her big cousins.
The feeling is mutual.
There were folks selling these beautiful handmade tarts. Can you imagine how much work that is?
And they also make buckwheat crepes right there.
And not only buckwheat ones. Check out their menu!
There was homemade lemonade…
And a gentleman with all these cool birdhouses.
There were the folks with these beautiful handmade aprons for only fifteen bucks each. I really, really wanted one! Or two. Or five. I don’t have any.
And a quilter lady. Gotta love Thomas-the-Tank-Engine bibs!
Then there were quilt pieces…
There were Mennonite mom and daugther selling all these baked goods…
And handmade candles in mason jars…
And, of course, Amish baskets…
Amish quilts… I really, really want a quilt – I don’t have any big quilts.
Fresh veggies and meat… I know these vendors personally.
Colorful yarns, probably home-spun.
The good folks at the Driftless Folk School table, no pun intended… These are Annie, Jamie, and Rice.
This is Bonnie – remember little Penny, above? Bonnie was her mom’s grade teacher for eight years at the local Waldorf school.
Bonnie is also a close friend of Julia’s mom, and a sheep and beef farmer, as well as an organic certificator – the career from which she is retiring this year.
Just before Evie was born, Bonnie had gifted us a beautiful sheep skin for the baby to lounge around on.
Handmade bath products…
Pretty cards printed off original drawings…
And then there was the Veggie Mobile:
Some very expensive local blueberries (which are not easy to grow around here) – they were a little tart, but my kids loved them.
More handmade soaps…
Quilted Amish aprons – I love them!
And live music!
We brought one of these buckets home as my girl had been asking me to make pickles for weeks.
Josie loves pickles.
Cyrus doesn’t like pickles.
But Cyrus loves to cut, trim, and otherwise participate in cooking.
And that is exactly what they did! Josie washed all the cukes and then they both trimmed them and packed them into the crock. How did things suddenly get to be so easy?
Do you have a farmer’s market where you live?