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Bring on the Season!



Today was the first Farmer's Market in Daley Plaza. It was lovely to stroll through and take in the beautiful, young plants and the first produce of the season. The purple-tipped asparagus winked suggestively and a few early tomatoes made a surprise appearance. Last year the season got off to a poor start (with low temps, little sun and too much rain). This year seems much better; there appear to be some new vendors and all the tables were much more full.

So it begins...I will fill my backpack with canvas bags and each Thursday will march down to the plaza to get produce for our household. While we like to grow our own food, it will be quite a while before our yard will begin to yield much beyond greens. The sunshine will kiss me, luring out my freckles. The plaza fountain will sing like a thousand ladies rustling their silk skirts while The Picasso looks on cryptically. Though commuting home with pounds of produce on each arm is not always a thrill, it is well worth the joy of living a little closer to my values.

One of the best milestones of my year has come...now I begin counting days until the blueberries arrive. :)

To find a Chicago Farmer's Market near you click here. Folks outside Chicago can track markets through Local Harvest.

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blue_sky_48220
May. 14th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm so looking forward to the first trip to the farmer's market this weekend!
inanna710
May. 14th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
We are lucky in St. Louis to have many farmer's markets. I like the one in Maplewood on Wednesdays, them Soulard (the grandmother of them all, on land donated in the 18th century for that purpose!) and Tower Grove on the weekends. My father's garden has started to produce as well: supple asparagus stalks, soft lettuce ruffles, brash radish globes, audacious young scallions! I fed the Fey and ancestors on Beltane with rhubarb I harvested myself from that patch of earth. I won't miss the house when they decide to sell, but losing that garden will be an awful wrench.
jennlynn_green
May. 15th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Mmmm...your markets sound lovely - as does your dad's garden. Enjoy!
sagamockingbird
May. 15th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Local Harvest link. I found a source for eggs that's almost in my neighborhood.
jennlynn_green
May. 15th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! I'm so glad - that makes me happy. :)
half_double
May. 15th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Man, I love the farmers' market!
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