(Sometimes it’s tough to feel at home in your own city. Which is why I’ve given myself a challenge: each day, for forty days, I’m going to find *one* thing I love about this place. And then I’m going to tell you about it. If you want to follow my journey, start here. Today is Day Nineteen.)
I have a little saying: find a new farmer’s market, and you’ve found a whole new community of friends.
That’s how I felt today, when I visited the winter Farm-to-Table Market at Greenbrier Nurseries for the first time.
I met Ashleigh, who makes tapenades and dips for her company, Cast Iron Catering, and who sells her mother’s fresh breads at the market (we couldn’t help but walk away with a loaf of that beautiful cheddar bread and a package of homemade cheddar-gouda pimiento spread).
I met Thomas from Good Food Good People, who helped us pick out the perfect sopressatta, a truly beautiful sunshine-yellow spaghetti squash, and fresh broccoli. Here’s my husband T, holding some of the bounty:
And I met Chef Gabor at Back2Basics Cooking, who sent us home with a heaping tray of Hungarian goulash, red cabbage and little complimentary pumpkin mousse.
“Play some Hungarian music while you eat!” he shouted as we left, in an accent so charming I couldn’t possibly do it justice in writing. “Maybe the violin!”
I can tell already that I’m going to love this market. It’s beautiful: bright winter sun streams through the greenhouse roof, and rows of pansies and ornamental cabbages flank the tables of produce. It’s also just plain *fun,* with a happy, knowledgeable clientele and the happy, knowledgeable farmers themselves — all of whom have a story to tell about how they became a ambassadors for good, local food.
But mostly, I love already the sense of community.
I can’t wait to meet more new faces … and also, eat some more fabulous food. 🙂
Hope to see you there!