To Market, To Market

This morning, I tagged along with Dad to the Farmer’s Market! Dad goes pretty much every Thursday morning, and today was a good day for me to go along…the father-daughter time is an added bonus!

my chauffeur awaits! still dark at departure time...although it was almost 7:30 a.m.!

The St Jacobs Market is a huge tourist attraction in summer. Winter? Not so much…

we nabbed a parking spot RIGHT outside the entrance!

At this time of year, you will find only the indoor vendors present; it’s a pretty quiet place!

in summer, the aisles are PACKED - literally elbow-to-elbow people

Dad and I started with the most important stop first: a morning break! We went to the Apple Fritter stand

homemade apple fritters...the smell is divine! and you can watch the process from start to finish

…where we purchased a 6-pack of fritters (we shared one, then divided the rest to take home), an apple cider for Dad, and a COFFEE for me!! We sat and chatted at the long tables. In summer, we’d never be able to get a spot!

NEVER have been a coffee drinker! but just this week, i've started trying coffee! this one was delicious!

We each purchased some ground beef:

love that markets provide drug-free/natural options

2 lbs extra lean ground beef, please!

 

one, lonely outdoor vendor! i got NINE ambrosia apples for $5!

What’s NOT to love about a farmer’s market?

  • you buy directly from the food producer
  • you support independent farmers, growers, bakers, entrepreneurs
  • you save money, compared to prices at the grocery store
  • you establish relationships with vendors, over time

dad stopped to say hi to one of his long-time "market friends," - the pasta lady!

It’s hard to practise “artistic photography” with a point ‘n’ shoot camera, but I tried! I’ll leave you with a few shots…

bright, fresh, glorious colour!

waterloo county is famous for mennonite summer sausage!

chocolate daisies! what could be cuter?!

handmade coffee mugs and tea pots...love the wild colours and wacky patterns!

…and we arrived back home with a sunny sky!

a glorious morning of sunshine!

That was a FUN way to start my day!

But now I have to deal with a DEAD MOUSE.

Luckily, it’s just my computer mouse, and not the animal! Will take care of that errand before I head to Toronto!

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  • janetha  On January 14, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I wish we had markets year round. What a great time for you and your dad. Apple fritter stand? YUM. And score that it was less crowded for you guys. I have heard of ambrosia apples but never tried them.. I want to! Hope you have a great weekend~ I finally got around to updating my blog reader and added you to it whereas I used to click through to your blog when you commented on mine. Phew, I feel so much better than I will be more in tune with your adventures now! xoxo

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      take a pass on the “ambrosia” apples, janetha! sadly, they’re not nearly as crisp as a honeycrisp or a royal gala. i’ll finish the ones i got at the market…but won’t be buying again! i loved your posts in the summer and fall about the market you go to with your mom!

  • Lisa @Thrive Style  On January 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Ah, I love farmer’s markets! Definitely have not been to my local fm in the winter…but it actually looks like a better experience in some ways compared to busy summer weekend days!
    Nothing beats buying stuff from the growers themselves 🙂

    I think the best one I went to was in Santa Fe….but maybe that was a lot about the weather!

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      sante fe!!! we hope to do an extended road trip to that area of the U.S. in the next couple of years, and sante fe is on my list of stops…will specify “farmer’s market” for our itinerary!

  • Gina Unger  On January 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I seriously LOVE the St Jacob’s Farmer’s Market! Awesome to see these pix! Love the apple fritters (can smell/taste them now!) And summer sausage – bring it on, I love the stuff, too! We ate it through our whole month-long canoe trip in 2005 b/c it lasts forever out of the fridge (got a little tired of it then, but love it again now).
    Hope you got your mouse taken care of – what a pain.

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      haha, yes i think summer sausage is indestructable!!! yes – mouse was an easy fix! tech buddy just unistalled it in bluetooth, then reinstalled and – bingo! all good. like 30 second fix, but at least i didn’t have to fret with it!

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