Saturday, May 21, 2011

Something Fun on a Saturday Morning

This morning Todd and I went to the Lexington Farmer's Market.  They have a wonderful outdoor Pavilion at Cheapside Park.  It is open on Saturday from 7:00am-3:00pm.  We arrived at the market at 10:00am and it was packed with people.  It has expanded from the Pavilion and ran up Short street for a block.  First we just looked around and then went back to the booths we wanted to purchase items.

                                       Maggie Green with "The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook"

                                                        Bev Nichols and Kentucky Honey

One reason we went today was to meet Maggie Green.  She is a Kentucky native and author of the new cookbook, "The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook".    I found out about Maggie from my daughter Sarah.  She taught Maggie's child piano and Sarah shared her blog with me.  Maggie takes the reader through a year of seasonal recipes using items in season from January through December.  What a wonderful concept!  It's a great book and would make a wonderful gift.  Check it out.

A treat for me was seeing some former vendors that I had in my shop.  Cafe Marco was there with his wonderful coffee.  We had a cup and brought two bags of beans home.  Cafe Marco is also available at Marksbury Farm.  Next I saw Beverly Nichols who owns Kentucky Honey with her husband Nick. It was so good to see her again and I highly recommend  their honey.  Proper Plants was there and I used to buy hanging baskets from them for the shop.  They had herbs, hanging baskets, mixed pots and vegetable plants.  They are on Military Pike and are open to the public.  They have 5 or 6 greenhouses you can walk through.

The Farmer's Market also features musicians throughout the Pavilion.  There were some young string players and several singers there today.   There are several food vendors too.  One had fire grilled pizza,
and there was one that made homemade crepes with savory or sweet fillings.  We didn't taste any but it looked delicious.  

Some people sold cut flowers.  One man had Asian lilies and each bloom was as large as a dinner plate. They were cut flowers and $9.00 a stem.  Several booths had homemade cheese.  Another had "go green" info.  You could buy Farmer's Market t-shirts and bags too.  The produce is what we enjoy so we bought peaches from South Carolina.  They had ones from Georgia too.  We got tomatoes from Lee County, KY that were hydroponic.  Pretty tasty.  We got a English cumber, some zucchini and yellow squash.  You could also buy locally raised beef and pork.  We had a great time.  Of course we went to the Wilmore Farmer's Market before we left.

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