Monday, September 15, 2008
West Bend Farmer's Market
I have to admit that I didn't really know what to expect when we journeyed up to West Bend to check out their Saturday morning market. The last time I'd been there was about ten years ago, and there were only a few vendors. But, these days, the West Bend Farmer's Market is pretty inspiring. Not only is it HUGE (it takes up a couple of blocks downtown), but there was lots of phenomenal produce to be had.
We arrived at the market hungry, and were glad to find lots of delicious edibles ready to be snarfed. These cinnamon claws were just right -- not too sweet, with plenty of cinnamon flavor.
The watermelon was also looking pretty refreshing. We passed on buying one of these lovely melons, but I've been regretting it ever since.
Seems quite a number of vendors had an unusually nice aesthetic going on. This farm displayed all of their lovely produce in baskets, which made me want to take home one of everything.
And I was really pleased by the selection of goodies being offered. We picked up a couple of fine looking zucchini, some eggplant, and a nice bunch of chard.
Other vendors seemed to prize size over just about anything. These kohlrabis were a steal at just $3 each.
But, the winner of the market was, by far, the garlic. Seems garlic was available just about everywhere -- in all sorts of forms.
In fact, I was absolutely tickled to find an entire table of garlic varieties -- all clearly labeled with informative descriptions. We ended up hauling home a number of heads, despite the fact that we were already pretty well stocked!
But, that wasn't the end of our adventure! We also found lots of local delicacies that we weren't expecting -- like locally grown flavored popcorn!
Oh, yes -- and the entertainment was also pretty... er... entertaining.
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