Farmers’ Market Frolicking

Happeeeeeeeey FRIDAY, peoples!

I hope you all have a fun weekend ahead of you! I’ve got plans for a massage, another wine night with the besties, and pretty sure some drooling over Hugh Jackman is going to be involved in there some where. Also, I’ll be hitting up the farmers’ market on Saturday morning just like I did last weekend…

*cue fuzzy fade in to next scene*

Last Saturday was OPENING DAY for Clarksville’s Downtown Market so of course I had it marked down on my calendar for like three weeks before. And even though I made the mistake of agreeing to work the night before, I soldiered through and made it to the market when it opened at 8am!

Maple Bacon Cupcake

With a mini maple bacon cupcake in hand, I wound my way through all of the tents not once, not twice, but THREE times (you know you’re a foodie if…) and was so excited to see so many new vendors present this year along with some of my favorites!

One hour and $60 later (whoops?), I was home with my farm fresh loot…and a couple of other things I didn’t know I had to have until they whispered in my ear! 😉 Channeling my inner Meghan, I whipped out a white sheet with a flourish and set about arranging my haul in a way that was most aesthetically pleasing…

Farmers' Market - Opening Day

But just to make Meg’s eye twitch, I’m listing these babies in snake-style format! Muahaha! Ok, here we have some beautiful brown eggs (that still had a couple of feathers on them…now THAT’S fresh!), grape tomatoes that I polished off in ONE day, red potatoes, a bunch of heavenly kale, some big ol’ fat tomaters, the skinniest asparagus I’ve ever seen, yellow squash, zucchini, perfectly juicy strawberries, the sweetest snap peas EVER, and a loaf of homemade honey wheat bread that only cost me $2.50!

Wait a minute…I feel like I missed something…

Carrot Cake Butter

Oh yeah!!!…Bam!…Smack yo’ mama!
But actually, it just tastes like pumpkin butter! 😉

Of course, one of the things I love (and my wallet hates) most about the Downtown Market is all the “extra” odds-and-ends type vendors. That is, of course, how I fell in cookie love a couple years ago. From homemade handbags and earrings to metal work, wood-carved bowls, and birdhouses, our market has it all!

While a certain Nerdy Birdy was working at her BRAND NEW STORE FRONT (seriously, so SO proud of this lady…and? I owe her a visit!), I was getting the eye from a couple of hooters…

Earrings

At $5 a pair, there’s no WAY I was walking away from these cuties…I’m just proud of myself for not buying half a dozen more…yet! 😉

And then there was the Life Changing Soap-Buying Decision of 2014:

Farmers' Market Soap

You guys! It took me three separate trips to the tent and who knows how many sniffs to pick out three of the seven or eight the Pure Joy Soap Company had to choose from…and that was before the lady brought out a hidden sandalwood from behind the table! Mark my words, I will be back for more monkey love!

So this weekend, I’ll be up bright and early Saturday morning (withOUT my zombie limp) to frolic with my favorite farmers again…though this time I guess I’ll have to practice a little more restraint since…

I’LL BE LEAVING FOR BLEND FIVE DAYS LATER!!!

Ohh, sorry for the shouting. I’m maybe just a little bit EXCIIIIIIIIIITED!

Do you shop your local farmers’ market?

What are your plans for this weekend?

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