So the other day I went to a farmer’s market it the town of Keady, after driving for and hour and a half through fields one suddenly sees cars hundreds of cars and people everywhere.. Keady is in farm country and this was a true farmer’s market, you can get everything from produce, baked goods (from Mennonites), livestock, antiques, and other things I’m forgetting. The draw back of it though was that there was a lot of non-local produce for sale, some of which was obvious like bananas, while there were other fruits that could be local but weren’t. There was also people selling those crappy novelty t-shirts you see at stands in malls along with other odd clothing being hocked. The meal time result of this excursion was a tasty vegan alfredo sauce with fresh Ontario asparagus and peas, herbs from the backyard over whole wheat linguine.
My own attempts at growing food are coming along despite some critter-related setbacks. The cucumber plants are huge and I can actually see baby cucumbers on them and carrots are doing great as well. I still have some corn left that is getting big, and my salad greens will be ready to be picked again soon with more planted to replace it when it goes. I am excited to be able to harvest this stuff in the next month or so. In the meantime I have been picking lots of raspberries from our backyard, and mulberries from nearby trees.
Now if only I could get a job because apparently cooking, reading, doing yoga, and taking care of my plants and going on the occasional bike ride doesn’t pay back my loans which upon a recent check of sit at about $27,000.