This Morning at Market
On our way to Market this morning, I remembered a comment a friend left a little while ago. She said,’Why does “a trip to market” sound so much better than “going to the grocery store?” ‘ and it occurred to me that I haven’t talked about our Farmer’s Markets around here in a while and that a lot of you might just think that I mean the grocery store, too.
It’s one of those things that you take for granted – “I’m going to Market” around here really means our downtown Central Market. So I decided to get out my old phone and take some pictures while we were there to show you what it actually is when I say we “went to market.” There’s also another market near our house that we frequent and both are sort of hard to describe. They both have actual permanent buildings. They both have permanent stands and stand-holders. So they’re sort of different in the sense that they’re not pop-up-under-tents-on-the-street-once-a-week Farmer’s Markets. They also both have a variety of stand-holders that aren’t entirely limited to just farmers and food vendors and they’re certainly not all idyllic organic romanticized loveliness. There are big stands with produce retailers that get stuff straight off of trucks, most likely in Philadelphia, at wholesale prices and sell at retail at these markets. At one there are also tons of flea-market type stands with random crap.There are tons of stand with baked goods, too. Lancaster County may have a ton of farms and produce, but they surely also know how to do a whole lot of lard-laden baked goods around here.
But there are also amazing organic stands and local farmers and artisans sell produce, cheese, honey, bread, flowers – you name it. If I were focused, I could easily do all of my grocery shopping at these two markets. But, I’m not. It would take a lot more planning and I haven’t been very good at that. In the summer we’ll likely go even more and we’ll also have tons of great roadside produce stands around that also range from huge to tiny and I always love to stop at the tiny stands in front of peoples’ houses (Karen, if I knew where you lived, I’d SO come and get some rhubarb and see all of the amazing furniture you’ve been working on!)
Are there markets like this near you? Or great Farmer’s Markets?