Monday, July 11, 2011

Market Day

Morning and evening
Maids heard the goblins cry:
"Come buy our orchard fruits,
Come buy, come buy...



The above is the opening to Goblin Market, by Christina Rossetti. I did not go to a goblin market, but I did finally have the chance to visit the Ann Arbor farmers market in Kerry Town for the first time since the warm weather has embraced us. (Though the market is open every Wednesday and Saturday year 'round, predictably there is not a lot offered in the middle of the winter.) 

There are so many things I love about farmers markets. They are always so bustling and full of every kind of thing: fresh fruit, vegetables, home-baked pies, fresh bread, handmade bags and jewelry, cut wild flowers, pickles, jams, friendly people, and great deals, just to name a few. My first purchase was a cherry fritter from a table selling all manner of breads, and Kimmy bought a loaf of sourdough. She also picked up a pint of black cherries, which were sweet and delicious!

We kept seeing people walking around with snow cones, so after I picked up two bunches of kale for $5, we set out to find the origins of the mouthwatering snow cones. We did not find them, but we did come across a cart selling lemon ice, which is almost as good in my book. I bought one made from Michigan cherries and Kimmy chose the raspberry (origin unknown) which was surprisingly sweet to me and full of flavor. The cherry ice was delightful and quite refreshing as the day was already growing hot.

After thoroughly wandering the market, we went inside to check out the Kerry Town Markets and Shops. I absolutely adore Hollander's with all their gorgeous paper products, and Spice Merchants is the best place in town to find every kind of spice. They also have teas!

While we were there, we learned of an art day that happens on Sundays. We will definitely have to check that out! Maybe one day we can have a booth at the farmers market selling our crocheted and knitted items, and possibly this art day as well. Huzzah for alternative methods of money-making.

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