Monday, June 30, 2008

Farmers Market

Reggie and I made our second trip to Wilson’s farmers market Saturday.
The first time was three weeks ago. We bought some delicious snapbeans. There was a steady stream of customers, and we were pleased to see that the farmers were selling their produce.
This week, the market was jammed when we there! When we pulled in, I told Reggie there must be something else going on at the fairgrounds because there were so many cars. What was going on was fresh corn, newly-dug potatoes, cantaloupes, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and blueberries. There were so many shoppers that we had to turn sideways to walk in the sheltered area where the market is held!
We got in line behind several other customers to buy two dozen ears of corn from the back of a pickup truck. I’m glad we got there when we did because soon after 9, several corn varieties had already been sold. We bought a dozen white ears and a dozen yellow, and both were delicious. The scene reminded me of a passage from Jan Karon’s Mitford books when the villagers line up for the first round of fresh corn from the valley.
I also bought an organic green bell pepper Saturday morning. The flesh was very thin and had a nice crunch, which I love. It made a nice addition to my fruited chicken salad for Sunday’s lunch. From the same booth, we purchased organic yellow squash, which made a very tasty casserole.
We’ll be back at the farmers market for more fresh produce. I love to take advantage of fresh corn, especially, and don’t want to miss the season’s peak.
If you haven’t been yet, make a point to stop by one Saturday morning soon. The market is located on U.S. 301 at the Wilson County Fairgrounds and open each Saturday, except July 12, from 7:30 a.m. to noon.