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Oak Park Farmer's Market 8/17/02

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Oak Park Farmer's Market 8/17/02

Vital Information | Aug 17, 2002 11:04 AM

Just a few odds and ends from this week's market:

- We went to early for the corn roast. Any vicarous thrills would be appreciated.

- Is there something more macho about selling melons. Oak Park features two melon shops. Both are run exclusively by men. All the men selling melons wear lumber company aprons for their change. Do melon's grow in the back yards of union halls?

- THE variatal fruit of the upper mid-west, apples, are coming on strong. Of the varieties of early season pick's we went for William's Pride. Who could ever again, eat something as mundane as a "red delicous". Apples cousin, the pear are also making an their first appearance.

- Speaking of pears, Skibbe's has these itsy-bitsy "sugar" pears (no relation to Nichol's not yet here, bubble-gum pears). Is not tiny food the true new trend of the 21st century. Don't super-size it. Make it smaller. How micro can those micro greens get. Carrots are almost all "baby" these days at the market, and following suit, these sugar pears that could fit in the palm of a baby's hand.

- The cheese people were back in full force. Is it me or has their product gone a bit more gourmet since they found a refrigerator? Aged swiss, a blue and a brie seem more upscale compared with the usual curds and cheddar.

See you next week.

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