Saturday, November 06, 2004

Farmers Market at Shaker Square

Ok. Back in Cali, on Sunday mornings, we could walk about 8 minutes from home to a farmers' market, conveniently located next to a Trader Joe's. Not real big, and mostly just fruits and veggies, but it was there year round, and, as I said, convenient. I was sure, of course, that moving to Cleveland meant my farmers' market days were over, except maybe for a month or two in the summer.

Well, happily, I was wrong again. We have been going to the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square every Saturday we can. It will be open until December 11, and apparently opened in mid April this year. It's HUGE, compared to the one near our apartment in Cali (well, today, at the beginning of November, it was smaller, I guess since the season's getting on...), with a far wider variety of offerings.

In addition to fruits and veggies, there are breads, pastries, milk, eggs, cheese, grains, cereals, beef, pork, poultry, venison, pies, preserves, someone sharpening knives, someone selling beeswax candles, and other stuff.

We're not big milk drinkers, but we usually buy a half gallon of non-homogenized whole milk, which is shockingly delicious, and is apparently better for you than homogenized. And we ALWAYS buy granola from this older woman in a bonnet. Ella's Granola, home-produced in Burton, Ohio. Dr. Jay has never been a granola fan, but we both love it. It's considered a crime to consume it any way other than with the whole, non-homogenized milk on it. Any other use would be a waste.

We've also bought meat and poultry there. The people selling these items tend to display just a small amount of what they have on a particular day, and what they bring on a particular day might be just a selection of what they have available. If you ask them about what they have, they can tell you if they have more in cooler somewhere or if they'll have more the next week. I, personally, am not one who likes to march up to people I don't know and start asking questions, but I just try to remind myself that these people are here because they WANT to sell their goods, and they always seem delighted to answer questions about their products or their farms.


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