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Farmer’s Market Faceoff

May 1, 2008

Last Saturday we ventured out to the shiny new farmer’s market, the one located off of South Charlotte Street.  I didn’t understand the concept, except for the potential for tons of farmstands and great parking.  But most of the vendors also had a stand at either the North Asheville market or the French Broad market.  Anyway, I can easily walk to the North Asheville market, and the French Broad is my CSA dropoff on Wednesdays, so unless there’s some other reason to go to the new S. Charlotte one, I’ll probably stick with the two former markets.  Not that choice is a bad thing. 

Here’s what we picked up at the ginormous S. Charlotte farmers market that was mostly selling small trees, plants, and jellies. 

-Asparagus!!!  ($4 for 1/2 pound)  I was thrilled to find asparagus being locally grown and sold, but the taste was not too different from store bought asparagus, and it cost twice as much.

-Bratwurst and lamb chops from Hickory Nut Gap Farm’s Springhouse Meats.  The brats were phenomenal.  I also thought the brats were the most decently priced choice they had to offer.  I’ll be back for them many more times this summer.

-Radishes and spring onions from Green Toe Ground.  I used to have a CSA with them that turned out to be mostly greens, but I applaud them for having more variety of veggies than anyone this early in the season.  They also were selling lettuce and garlic. 

In other news, still no garden.  We never heard from our landlord, and then some professional people came and mulched over everything that wasn’t grass.  So now the garden prospects look extremely grim.  I did plant an herb garden and some tomatoes in some large pots, and that may have to be sufficient for one more summer.  The irony is, the in-laws are giving us a tiller and a bunch of other fancy shmancy gardening tools we won’t be able to use. 

I don’t know, maybe it’s just as well I start with pot gardening.  Perhaps the smaller successes will feel nicer and somehow more significant than the potential grand failure of real vegetable garden. 

At least our yard is beautfully landscaped for the first time ever. 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. queen kirstifa permalink
    May 2, 2008 10:40 am

    umm, if you’re not gonna use that tiller….

  2. May 5, 2008 10:46 am

    and I could give the other fancy tools a home…

  3. May 7, 2008 10:35 am

    Sorry Folks, what with all the Derby hullabaloo, we forgot the bring back said gardening tools.

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