Sunday, August 23, 2009

Farmer's Market

(Forewarning: Get ready for my longest post to date and a mother-load of pictures. Just sayin' so you can't say I didn't warn you.)

On a regular old Saturday morning in North Minneapolis, while a house was being torn down just a little ways down the block...

We had some friends over for breakfast. Yes, this might be the third or fourth consecutive post that I have mentioned our friends Ryan, Amy, and Paisley. We do have other friends too, really, we do. We just especially like these particular friends. Anyway, after bellies full of homemade cinnamon rolls, omelets, orange juice, and french pressed coffee, the seven of us headed off to the Minneapolis Farmer's Market. I love going to the Farmer's Market. I think it is my most favorite Saturday morning thing to do (except sleeping in, which I don't get to do anymore, so this is the new favorite).

There are street musicians, some really good and some not so much, but it is always fun to stop and enjoy a little live music. Tryn and Steve especially like the music, Berlin...she doesn't really care yet.

You can sample a bazillion different flavors of balsamic vinegar. Okay, maybe not a bazillion, but I didn't even know that it came in different flavors, so this is fun.

There is jewelery (or beads, rather, if you are a princess), clothing, pottery, soap, tea, sunglasses, and toys - just to name what I can remember off the top of my head.

Then there is the really fabulous food like freshly squeezed orange juice, roasted corn on cob, brats and hot dogs, mini donuts, cinnamon rolls the size of Tryn's head, and really good roasted and flavored nuts. Again, just to name a few.

Of course, part of the best thing is just being together as a family. We like to do different things, explore, and just spend time together, even amidst hundreds of people.

Then there is the produce. There are, I think, six long open aired sheds (poles with a roof) with a few hundred vendors hanging out beneath them. They have any vegetable you could think of and then a few that you couldn't. Seriously, Amy and I asked about one small little purple thing the size of a walnut and either I didn't understand the answer correctly or I had never heard of it - and now I can't even remember what it was called. Anyway, I still have no idea what it was or what it can be used for. Just like I don't know what these little green and white things are, but they look pretty! :) There is also lots of fruit, though, besides the berries and melons, I don't think a lot of fruit grows in I am not sure where the bananas and other things come from.

Jelly Belly anyone? Just kidding. I couldn't stop taking pictures of the beans.

Poor little Paisley got so tired toward the end of our time that she could not stay awake. No better place to sleep than in mommy's arms!

There are also lots of plants and beautiful bouquets of flowers. I wish I would have had my camera when we went last weekend because they had some of the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen - didn't see any similar sets this last time.

Best of all, the Farmer's Market is literally 1.25 miles from our house! If we were feeling especially rambunctious (or awake) we could totally walk there, or ride our bikes...but we don't. Cause we are not.

And that's it! Well, that's not really it. I took SO many pictures, really, so many. Probably way too many, but it was fun. I kinda want to go back again...maybe take some more!


Erin Bennett said...

Great pictures! Makes me want to go to the farmers' market. :)
(I think those white and green things are types of eggplant. Weird, but I just saw something about all the different kinds of eggplant, and those look familiar). :)

Kristy said...

Who would've thought food would make such pretty pictures :) I like the beans. :) And those raspberries made my mouth water. It looks like fun! Totally wish I lived in the cities now... :)

Kayla said...

Yum! I'm with Kristy, those raspberries made my mouth water too! I love farmers markets! They are so much fun!

omabear said...

Looks like fun : ) I really like the pictures of the beans, the peppers, and the green leaf one. Of course the ones with Steve and the girl too, but where are you! : ) : ) : ) : ) : )

The Stephens said...

I mean, seriously, I LOVE these pictures:)!

amy + ryan said...

Heidi! Great pictures! They made me want to do that day all over again (although perhaps not at nap time next time; I felt a bit preoccupied). I especially love the ones of the beans, of Berli trying to touch the green onions, of the berries, and of the balsamic vinegar bottles. And, of course, the one of sleeping Paisley. And we are totally flattered to have made it into so many blogs in a row! :) This was a great post!

David James Stewart said...

You are so good.