Sunday, October 6, 2013

Oxford Farmer's Market

We have the cutest little Farmer's Market in town. What it lacks in week-to-week variety it makes up for in delicious, organic, farm-fresh foods.

There is everything from seasonal fruits and vegetables to homemade breads, jams, and home goods. There are fresh flowers, music provided by local bluegrass musicians, and hot coffee from a local shop owner. We come home every Saturday with bags full of scrumptious produce!

When we first moved here in August we would stock up on huge, gnarly heirloom tomatoes each weekend. They came in all different shapes and colors, and we'd simply slice them up, sprinkle them with coarse sea salt, and eat them straight out of the bag. Yum yum yum

In season right now are, of course, apples, apples, apples! This stand also has crisp green beans, lacinato kale (how fancy!), and huge crowns of broccoli.

You can't walk through the market without stopping to admire the gorgeous flowers, too, compliments of these ladies:

I've bought two pots of yellow and purple mums from them.

We always buy fresh eggs and poultry from Morning Sun Farms, who has grown everything organically and sustainably since 1992, "before it became popular."

Yesterday we left this stand with one of their fresh chickens (slaughtered Friday). I roasted it for dinner with onions, apples, and lemon. It was so juicy and tender. Yum-o! And so easy. I wish I had taken a picture.

Actually, it was inspired by a Martha Stewart recipe, so I'll share with you her photo:

Mine looked pretty much like that. I'm not kidding.

It's become our Saturday morning routine to get up, eat a special weekend breakfast, then head off to the Farmer's Market. It's about a 15 minute walk, and so far we've been blessed with beautiful weather every Saturday!

It's pouring down rain here today, but I'm sure it will clear up before next Saturday's market adventure.

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