There were a few of the regular food vendors there: The 'apple guy' was there so we got some of his fabulous cider that we will have warm and spiced when we put up the tree this evening. We also got some more bacon and brats for the freezer. I also had a wonderful chat with a guy that I hadn't seen at the regular summer markets. He was an Amish farmer who had sorghum for sale and had flyers for his grass fed beef and "open air" pork. He will be taking his cattle for processing in January and is taking orders. His quoted price for a grass fed side of beef is $3.41 per pound. I may need to talk to V about that. He said the average finished weight of a half of beef is 290 lbs. Now that is a LOT of beef but it would feed us for over a year. It would be a big outlay up front but we would definitely have food to eat in leaner times. I wonder if I could share it out with my brother and parents. The farmer doesn't have email or even a phone but he gave me his address so I can drop him a letter or said I can just stop by the farm (I love that!) and gave me directions- it's near the cheese factory. I did get a jar of sorghum- now that's a flavor from my childhood.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Today was the last of the winter farmer's markets. The regular market season closes at the end of October but there are 2 winter markets, one in November and one in December. I missed the November market due to work (market hours are 9am to 2pm) but I was able to go this morning. We had to be out and about early today as I11 had band practice at 8:30 this morning in preparation for their big day tomorrow. So after he finished practice we wandered down to the market at the community recreation center. I was impressed, the gym was full, both of vendors and of customers. Many of the items were crafts or baked goods. I let I11 get a cookie from one vendor and I got a pair of earrings, handmade silver spirals (I have a thing for spirals) the will now be a 'surprise' gift this holiday. I was going to post a picture of them but for some reason Blogger isn't letting me upload pics this morning.