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Oak Park Farmer's Market 7/12/02

Vital Information | Jul 13, 200212:26 PM

A berry good day and a harbinger, the first peaches of the season. Joan met us bearing gift, a hugely upscale version of the ho-ho, baked special for Hannah's birthday. Who say's it's not another perfect market day?

As always we hit Nichols on arrival to ensure we could pick from the best stuff. Mr. Nichols was ranting and raving about Oak Park and how they would not let him set up early. He said if he had to drop a market, this would be it, but when I told him how much Harry likes to read about his produce each week, he calmed a bit. They had a lot, but not as much as I expected for this time of year. They had good deals on hot peppers and baby cauliflower's, so we got both. We also got mondo shallots, which I've never seen before. Ms. VI thought they'd be a lot easier to slice than normal itsy-bitsy shallots. Swiss chard, we always have to get swiss chard, and the seasons first green beans, although when I got home, I noticed the portion of green beans was so small I do not know how we'll serve them. For mushroom fans, they had some dried honey mushroom picked in the wilds of Oak Forest (where ever that is). Mothball sized eggplants looked cool, but did not seem worth buying. Lots of beets again, but no carrots. An early, crinkly cuke, again, cool to look at but not worth buying.

We spread our largess around the rest of the market picking some berries here, some cherries there. Three contraband Kentucky tomatoes (see report from 6/29/02) those harbinger peaches and some apricots, thank heaven they're still around. Over at Berry's Berries, Hannah got comped a handful of sugar snaps AND a raw pickle even before they knew it was her birthday.

Since I ate homemade chocolate cake, believe it or not, I skipped the donuts. I can say, however, they looked and smelled great.

This weeks link, everything you needed to know about Michigan fruit. See you next week!


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