The thing I miss most about living in our old loft was its location. Sure, our location now in Westport is great. We’re walking distance to pretty much every type of non-chain restaurant there is, an art supply store, a ton of local coffeeshops, a bunch of bookstores, a hardware store, a movie theater, a grocery store, a park… pretty much everything we’d ever want. But we don’t live across the street from a Farmer’s Market anymore. And man, do I miss that.
Our weekends are generally action packed, but on Sunday we made the effort to go to the City Market. That’s our haul up there (plus some saffron: I forgot it was in my pocket when I took the photo).
For you Kansas City area folks, the farmer’s market is Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, but the awesome shops on the perimeter are open all week long.
There’s our old loft building! Right across the street from all the fresh, local produce goodness.
We bought some nice Gala apples, which are just now in season. The farmer let us try one, and Jonas was excited to be the taste tester (he calls them “red balls” and will not eat them unless they’re in ball form).
Then eggplant. I didn’t know there were so many varieties! Eliza and I thought those little fairy tale eggplant were super cute, so we couldn’t resist them. The farmer said that the smaller variety is much less bitter, so they don’t need to be salted, and the skin is edible (unlike the larger variety). I cut some of these up this week for a curry and I’m thinking about frying up some eggplant tempura tonight. (There’s an awesome article about the varieties of eggplant in the new issue of Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine, btw.)
And peaches. Is there anything sweeter than a ripe peach? Ours are destined for peach upside down cake with raspberry sauce. I’ll be sharing the recipe, I promise. They’re also good grilled with a bit of brown sugar sprinkled on top: just cut a peach in half and grill flesh-side down. It’s like a peach pie without all of the work!
We also bought cantaloupe (one of the few fruits Jonas will eat right now), potatoes, and basil. I was hoping there’d be some basil plants, but there aren’t as many sellers on Sundays as there are on Saturday. So we missed out on the plants, the meat, and the eggs.
But we did not miss out on the SPICES. We buy spices from Al Habahi Market. Spices are $1-$2 for a GIANT scoop! We keep ours in preserving jars and it is SO SO SO much cheaper than buying them from a grocery store. Of course, the saffron wasn’t $1-$2. It was $9, which is pretty darn good for fresh saffron.
Eliza was most excited about getting a balloon animal: there are always fun performers, musicians, and magicians. When I was little, there were animals too. I miss the bunnies and chickens. But I’m sure that’s deemed a health hazard now.
Sundays there’s also a community yard sale. If we had brought more money, a letterpress drawer would have come home with us. Sigh.
After the market, we stopped to take some more photos. We drove the long way home. I like taking the scenic route, but it kills Mr. Efficiency.
We drove through the West Bottoms, Kansas City’s old meat packing district, and took some pictures. I love the typography on the buildings.
We also saw tons of vintage pop up shops down there! How did we not know those are in existence? We couldn’t stop, because Jonas would have broken everything, but we’ll be going back sans kids soon.
Do you have a local farmer’s market? What’s it like?