Monday, January 17, 2011

Winter Market

Sunday morning was blanketed with a cold damp fog. Not a great morning for being outdoors. But we hadn’t been to the farmers’ market in quite a while. The winter market is very different from summer. We found a parking place in no time. It was very chilly and not at all crowded. About a third of the vendor spots were vacant.

We didn’t make many purchases, but there were definitely beautiful fruits and vegetables available even though it's the middle of winter. It’s nearing the end of mandarin season, but every sample I tasted was sweet and juicy. I was almost sorry that we still have some from a Christmas gift and I didn’t need to purchase any. One of my favorite things about the farmers’ market is all the vendors who have samples of their produce cut up for tasting. I’ve gotten spoiled by it and will rarely buy fruit that I can’t taste first.


4 comments:

  1. I love the market. So brave of you to go out in the elements. I love mandarins!

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  2. hmmm, sounds like some mandarin preserving is on the cards! how about in a liquor perhaps? like... frangelico? I've never made mandarin jelly or marmalade, but it would probably be gorgeous.

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  3. So far I'm still eating the mandarins as fast as I can. They are SO good! I've never tried making real jelly, only the refrigerator kind.

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  4. It's easy to think that winter is the blah time at a farmers market. But I love seeing all the interesting and unusual squashes, the greens that turn so sweet once sauteed, and the apples that smell so fragrant.

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