to market, to market

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before starting work on saturday morning, we decided a quick trip to the royal oak farmers market was in order—we needed to stock up on  a few fresh foods for dinner over the weekend.

i had never been to this market, but i’m sure i’ll return—it was a lot of fun. and i made a series of yummy purchases, starting at the charley’s mustard booth, where i bought a bottle of deLISH brown country mustard.

the market was hopping and produce was moving quickly, so we made our rounds as fast as we could. vegetables for a vodka pita dish were first on the list

garlic from green organics farm, tomatoes, basil, broccoli, mushrooms, and

fresh gnocchi in two flavors from tracina’s—spinach and black truffle . . . mmmm.

gotta have lots of good fresh food for baby knitspot—look how big he’s getting!
(more on that later)

once we found everything on our grocery list, we dawdled over the booths featuring non-essential items. i was completely smitten with the ida belle handmade soaps booth

which was filled not only with wonderful natural scents and pretty soap packages, but some lovely vintage china pieces as well.

moving on, we also spent some of our cash on max’s granola a really yummy local product with a great inspirational story behind it.

of course, we didn’t forget buddy, waiting for us at home—we bought a small bag of treats just for him at the sunbear’s just bones treat buffet. i think he was pleased . . .

after the farmer’s market, we made a quick stop at the grocery store to search for a large cantaloupe—yes, it’s that time of the week, when baby knitspot progresses to another “fruit level”. erica bought a melon in preparation for the weekly photo, but then found out upon returning home that it weighed in shy of the 5.5 pound mark. nor did we find one big enough at the farmer’s market (not yet in season in michigan).

looking to remedy that, we ran in to the produce section of the nearest holiday market. lo and behold, there was a big stack of cantaloupes holding  several that appeared to have great potential.

one in particular caught my eye and i said firmly, “that one”. i scooped it up and made my way to the scales with erica in tow.

sure enough

we roared with laughter when we saw the weight—right on the button at 5.5 . . . who knew my talents extended into the melon milieu? i had to wait while erica took a minute to put on lipstick for the photo (plenty of eye rolling on my part there, haha), but we finally got the picture she  wanted.

by then, the sun was getting very hot, so we made our way home to settle down to work for the rest of the day. we’ve been getting quite a bit accomplished, yay!

and i’ve been knitting here and there as well

my twig and leaf shawlette has grown quite a bit since you saw it last—i’m really happy with how it’s turning out and it’s been a lot of fun to knit. you can really see now all the subtle variations in what appears to be a very dark colorway of briar rose stella.

i think i can finish this up soon, maybe even by midweek. if i can manage that and we can get a photo shoot in as well, there could be a pattern release this friday, yay!

alright now, back to work for me—still more to do before i leave here tomorrow morning to go home.

16 thoughts on “to market, to market

  1. If you enjoy a good farmers market, you should try to make your way down to Eastern Market in Detroit on a Saturday. I suggest picking up a jar of McClure’s pickles or stopping in at the Rocky Peanut Co for bulk nuts and spices.

  2. Hi Anne, I get two copies of your posts for some reason. Today when I read the first one it said you were at the Oak Park Farmer’s Market, news to me as I live in Oak Park, just a few minutes from Royal Oak. I was relieved to see the second post was corrected to Royal Oak Farmer’s Market; would have hated to think there was a market in Oak Park that I didn’t know about!If you and Erica ever need any help, I am minutes away…would love to meet you two in person. Always enjoy your posts!
    All the best,

  3. You were in my neck of the woods! We are about 5 minutes from Royal Oak. I haven’t been to the market and will be sure to check it out soon!

  4. You can’t beat a good farmers market. Everything is so fresh and tastes so good. I like the sound of the gnocchi you bought, I’ve only ever eaten plain ones. I have a weakness for handmade soaps too. I bow to your weight guessing prowess! My MIL once won a piglet at an agricultural show because she guessed its weight correctly! So be careful of where your talents may lead!!!

  5. I need to hire people to do all of my knitting! I can’t keep up with you!!!! The shawl is beautiful.

  6. While baby knitspot is getting bigger, mom is still petite! I bet from the back, nobody can tell she’s pregnant, can they? Looking beautiful!

  7. OMG — I wish I’d known! I live less than a half mile from the market and I would have been there lickety split had I known you were there! Glad you had a chance to experience both the Farmer’s Market and Holiday Market — both great places!

  8. That looks like an amazing farmer’s market (I do love me a good farmer’s market). Also – very nice job with the melon choosing 🙂 The shawl is looking wonderful – I can’t wait to see the finished version!

  9. You were in my neck of the woods! I live about 12 minutes north of that market, my daughter lives two blocks away and walks down there most weekends to shop. Small world isn’t it :-). If you are ever in the area and want to have a chance to meet some fans, suggest a meet up in down town R.O. for coffee. Love to meet you.

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