There is nothing better than going to the market. The hustle and bustle of shoppers, the colours of all the fruits and veggies, the speciality items, home baked goods…it is just overwhelmingly delic!!!
Be like a pineapple…stand tall and wear a crown. I have to warn you now…this post has a LOT of photos. There is just too many beautiful colours not to share with you.
In my community, we are fortunate to have our very own market on Wednesday mornings! It is a go-to by bike kinda place. I love filling my basket to the brim with all sorts of yummies
…although truth be told this week….it was all about home baked scones, sourdough bread and pastries. Is that bad?
This sticky little mess was SO good with my afternoon tea.
Just looking at this fresh produce makes me want to eat healthy!
These cucumbers are for cucumber and tomato salad. Chop some cucs, tomatoes, any colour of peppers, red onion and fresh parsley. Toss with approximately 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar and 3 tbsp of EVOO. (I make mine in a jar and keep adding until I get the flavour I like) I also like to add in some Feta cheese. Mix it all together in a bowl and serve it at room temperature. It makes a great side for BBQ chicken or burgers.
Most farmers come from within a 50 miles radius, meaning you are helping your regional economy. And, your fruits and veggies don’t need to travel across the country to reach you. It also gives you a chance to connect with your local community and meet new people. And yet another added bonus — you’re doing something cool for the planet. Buying locally helps reduce your carbon footprint and if you have your grandchildren with you, it’s a great way to model this lesson for them.
I got a little bit of everything. This corn on the cob was so sweet. I ate it till it came out of my ears…no pun intended. Who knew corn on the cob would make such a delicious breakfast!
Farmers often pick their produce the day before the farmers market when it is ripe and ready to eat. Produce in the grocery store often ripens on the shelves and you don’t get as much of the flavour or nutrients that comes with ripening in the soil.
These little dates are a perfect little snack on the go. They are a naturally sweet treat without added sugar in them.
I bought a few flavours of these salsas. They will be great served with fish or chicken.
Instead of sitting indoors at a movie on the weekend, take a trip to the farmers market with your family, your friends, or even your dog! In this photo is a sweet little lady named Bella. She was enjoying the market and getting lots of attention. You never know who you will meet at the market. I bumped into some neighbours and had a nice chat with them. While I was taking some photos a lady and I started chatting and she asked about my blog. She looked it up when she got home and sent me a lovely message. I am looking forward to getting together with her for a coffee and a chat. You don’t have to live in Bonita Bay to enjoy the markets. Google away and I am sure you will find one close to you. There are so many available in SWF.
Just look at these stunning Orchids! I am still on the hunt for white ones. I wonder why they are so hard to find this year.
OMG!! I loved this man. Doesn’t he have the best smile? His name is Chef Robert. Just look at how happy he is. Like all of the farmers and the vendors here, they are so approachable and really love to share their stories and recipes too. Chef Robert’s claim to fame is that he cooked with Julia Childs and he also made a meal at the Whitehouse for Ronald Regan! You can find him on FB at Chef Roberts Kitchen.
This is Secret number 7. Chef Robert told me to use it on basically anything I would use salt and pepper on. I asked Chef Robert what secrets one through six was…he said it’s a secret..lol…cheeky man!
It was just starting to rain and Island Seafood was packing up as I was hurrying by so the photo is a bit blurry. This guy is ALWAYS at the Promenade market and he ALWAYS has a lineup of people! I love getting fresh grouper from him.
This company is called Fouta Spa. I didn’t get a chance to purchase from them. I hope they are back at the Promenade next week. I would love to stock up on some Turkish towels. Look at all these gorgeous colours!
All of their 100% cotton, hand loomed “Fouta” towels are traditionally handmade in Tunisia. They are eco-friendly and tight woven, the more you wash them, the softer and the more absorbent they get!
If you haven’t tried Turkish towels yet you really need to. They are especially great around the pool as they are so quick to dry.
Let me know below if you have a favourite market that you like to go to in your neighbourhood…and share a recipe too!
Weirdest little nursery rhyme ever….
“To market, to market” Lyrics
To market, to market to buy a fat pig;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum cake;
Home again, home again, market is late.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun;
Home again, home again, market is done.
To market, to market, a gallop a trot,
To buy some meat to put in the pot;
Three pence a quarter, a groat a side,
If it hadn’t been killed it must have died.