Final Sara Hardy Farmers Market of the Year

The fall chill is settling in up north in Michigan. Today was a cold misty rainy day for the final outdoor Sara Hardy Farmers Market in Traverse City. Despite the cold and rain, the market was still filled with vendors with an abundance of products and a crowd of shoppers enjoying the beautiful fall crops along with other products from baked goods, to honey and maple syrup, cheese and butter and homemade soaps and beauty products. With so much to offer it is sad to see the market come to an end, but we take solace in knowing that many of the vendors will be moving to the indoor market on Saturdays at the Grand Traverse Commons.

I love the fall crops. Today in my 9 Bean Rows CSA bag I found potatoes, onions, broccoli, acorn squash and carrots along with the usual greens, eggs and bread. I also picked up some cherry tomatoes sweet enough to compete with the Halloween candy. Another vendor at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market had a great deal on MacIntosh apples for the last market so I bought a peck of apples. I am looking forward to making and canning some applesauce.  Even when I get to North Carolina I will still be able to enjoy the taste of these deliciously sweet and tangy Michigan apples! Continue reading

Welcome to Food. Family. Home.

To celebrate the wonderful farmers market fresh foods, cooking for family and friends and enjoying life at home, I am going to focus on cooking with farm fresh foods, spending time with my family and the quiet life at home. My summer life in Grand Traverse County Michigan is centered around the amazing foods from the farmers markets and the local wineries and a couple of cideries for good measure. After twenty plus years in Texas-first Dallas and the last few years in Austin, I am looking forward to making Raleigh, North Carolina my new home.

Saturday mornings I can be found at the Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market in Traverse City in the summer and fall. During the winter and spring I will be at the  Cary or Raleigh North Carolina farmers market. Each week I am amazed at the selection of produce offered by the local farmers. Along with the farmers, there are various sweet treats on offer from fresh baked breads to delicate croissants to honey and maple syrup. It is fun to talk to the vendors and other shoppers to get all sorts of ideas for using these beautiful products from the ordinary to the less known.