Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Nothing very "blog worthy" lately...........except maybe this!

I've been doing the mundane stuff around here.  You know, laundry, bills, cleaning.  It certainly isn't picture worthy or blog worthy for sure!  But yesterday, as I was coming home from the local grocery store I spotted a sign.  At first I thought it was just a garage sale or a church supper sign but when I looked closer it said "FARMER'S  MARKET" at the Presbyterian Church parking lot 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning!  I almost drove off the road!  I have been wishing, hoping, dreaming of a farmer's market here in our own town for years!
I would even travel sometimes to other towns to go to theirs but when gas prices went up it just wasn't worth my while.
So guess where I went first thing this morning?  You betcha!  I was worried too because I have been to some small town farmer's markets only to come home and find stickers on the produce indicating they had bought it at a local store and were reselling at a higher price!  I was praying that would not be the case here and it wasn't!
There was even an Amish family there selling produce and backed goods and homemade jams and jellies!  I thought I'd died and gone to heaven!  You can bet the Amish do not spray pesticides nor do they use preservatives or preprocessed foods unless they processed it themselves.  I knew I could trust them!
In fact, I got to talking with them about the Amish up in Kalona, Iowa and they said they had relatives there.
I didn't know we had Amish around here but I am so happy!   They are such wonderfully kind and honest people and they make the best neighbors ever!  So,'s what I got!

  I bought some of their homemade cinnamon raisin bread which I already sliced up and put away in the frig.
Some yellow wax beans which you never see in the store........
A beautiful eggplant and the best looking zucchini ever!

I also got to talking to one of the women about bread making and I was telling them about my "rustic no-knead" that I make ahead of time and store in the frig.   They were very interested and I wanted to buy a peach pie and ran out of money.  I went to the bank and then home to get the recipe to take to them.  By the time I got back all the pies were gone! Boo Hoo! I wanted a peach pie that they had there.   But I was glad they had so many customers as they will only come back if their items sell.  They were very appreciative of the recipe and I then went ahead and bought a whole slew of peaches so I can make my own pie and jam too!
  Aren't they just gorgeous?  I'm a happy camper or should I say shopper!  I had best get busy now before it all spoils!  I hope you had a great Wednesday and cheers for fresh, homegrown, pesticide free food!  It can be done!


  1. I love a good farmer's market. I too am an admirer of the Amish ways and organic home made food. Glad you have found yourself a new F.M.

  2. Woohoo! I do love a good farmer's market. Sounds like it was a success. Wonder when the next one will be? So sweet of you to share your bread recipe with that Amish family; sorry you missed out on the pie but looks like you got some baking to do with those gorgeous peaches. :) Have a terrific day. Tammy

  3. Wow!! That's lovely. It's funny though, 'cause when we talk about farmers markets there's just 'normal' farmers selling their things, not Amish (we don't have 'em here in NL, hehe) and lately most farmers markets also have bio/organic farmers selling their goods which I love. You bought lovely things!!

  4. What an interesting post! I loved hearing about the farmer's market you went to and the Amish farmers selling wonderful. You bought such lovely things too....I'm sure your peach pie will be especailly delicious!
    Helen x

  5. Glad you found a market near you, and that they have what you needed. We grew wax beans this year - yum! Enjoy your bounty.

  6. HI Sam,
    Always like seeing you over on my site. And I like coming here because you are always so busy. Those peaches do look nice, its hard to get a good peach, sometimes they are just mealey, I think thats a word. You making pies and all that good stuff in 90 degree heat makes me look lazy. I want to come to your house for dinner.
    We have a lot of Amish near here. I have gone to their houses and bought hand made aprons and throw rugs. They are most always barefoot, even the Mom's, in the summer. They have huge gardens and pretty flowers. They sell cheese, and jams and pies and breads. The nearest Amish farms are about 25 miles from here.
    Well guess I will go water something, we sure could use some rain.
    Nancy Jo

  7. Fresh peaches really are the best! You'll have all kinds of good eating the next few days! ENJOY!


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