October 11, 2011

Fall at the Farmer's Market

Take a walk through our local farmer's market with us why don't you...

We've gone on and on about the South of the James farmer's market we like to call home each Saturday morning and today is no different. We mentioned over the weekend we met up with my parents first thing to shop the market and spend time together. It's incredible how in a single weekend from one to the next, fall has arrived at the market.

From the nip in the air, to the outerwear and change in produce you can really see the change in season before your eyes. Root vegetables, apples, one of the last raspberry harvests, cabbages larger than our heads and of course seasonal squashes and pumpkins filled the produce stands across the market.

We always beeline down to the Blanchard's booth to get a coffee fix (parents are now fans) while walking the rest the of the market. This weekend we headed straight to Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen booth for the handmade in front of you glazed sourdough donuts. Mary's declared her love for these donuts before — she and my mom were in heaven eating them and we were lucky to get away before ordering a dozen. These donuts are the real deal.

I'm not really a sweets person (Mary's got a big enough sweet tooth for the both of us in our world) so we headed over to Pizza Tonight for a fig and pig breakfast pizza. If you didn't gather, it was made with figs and prosciutto — also right in front of us in their famous mobile wood-fired pizza oven.

Next on the list we hit up Barham seafood for some of my favorite oysters from the Rappahannock. Only a few actually made their way into the fridge as I tossed back the majority of them on the spot with dad when we got home.

Here's a behind the scenes outtake of the above oyster shot — thought you'd appreciate how "nosey" mister Basil was about investigating the oysters:

With a full market tote of our favorite staples (eggs from Sullivan's Pond Farm & fruit from Agriberry Farm) and full bellies, we headed out on a mission to find this year's pumpkins.

All in all, the market is a great way to spend the morning, meet up with family, get some good eats (local & seasonal) and support local business.

If you're in the Richmond area, we hope you'll stop by the South of the James farmer's market one of these Saturday mornings. If you're not in our area but love the idea of the market, find one local to you with this handy farmer's market finder by entering in your zipcode!

Do you have a favorite market or wish one would get going in your area?

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