A few posts ago, I lamented the fact that I was to be a garden blogger without a garden. Imagine my delight, though, when I read in the local paper that Oakland Park, FL, has a weekly Farmers Market. In fact, it’s just one of the many towns in south Florida with a Farmers Market. Suddenly, I’m a garden blogger among gardeners.
Join me for a sunset stroll among the stalls, when the warm light and aromas helped turn what’s usually a vacant field into a painter’s palette of home-grown, home-made, organic food.
The first vendor that caught my eye was Jeff’s Produce. It was a banquet of vegetables and fruit in the most brilliant of colors. Sadly, there is no website for the farm — just a sentence from one of the men behind the tables that the farm is located on the Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Now that we’ve had our fill of produce, are you in the mood for something sweet? How about some raw Florida honey?
For me, I’ll have some of the homemade jams and jellies, which take on jewel-like tones in the setting sunlight. These were produced by Crafted House.
We may have sampled the sweets, but it’s never too late to plan for tomorrow night’s meal. Just beyond the Crafted House booth is Pappardelle’s, which features a huge assortment of variously shaped and colorful pastas, many of them gluten-free. The company is so new there is not yet a website.
After strolling through the stalls, can you think of anything else that could make this evening even more memorable and enjoyable?
Remember that newspaper clipping that advertised this weekly Farmers Market? Well, there was another listing on that same page — the local garden club is holding its meeting (featuring a talk with the head of the local extension office), and the community center is just about a block north of here.
Interested in taking a walk and making it a garden of a night?