Wow, I really have been horrible about updating this month, haven’t I? I guess in a way it’s bad, and in a way it’s good. It’s not like I have stopped eating or going out or anything. I’ve just got so preoccupied about experiencing everything that I haven’t found the time to actually write about it. So bad because by the time I get to writing, it’s a bit outdated, but good because I actually HAVE been photographing and taking notes, just not posting. So thanks so much for bearing with the flakiness on my part. Between the cooking and eating and gardening and farmers marketing and events and dealing with trying to resolve my back pain on top of all that? I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by life lately, and the blog has been suffering for it. I’ve been finding myself doing a lot more microblogging on Twitter lately, so if you’re not following me already, please do!
We finally got around to stopping at the new farmers market in Dublin a couple of weeks ago. It’s held in a church parking lot right near the BriHi district (right across from the side entrance of Le Chatelaine, if that helps any) on Wednesday nights from 4:30-8PM. There are more details here if you’re interested in going. We were on our way to the Canada Day poutine dinner at Hills Market, so it was a natural stop since we were passing through that part of town anyway.
For a new market, it had quite a few vendors (especially since the truly prolific part of the growing season is just now beginning). And quite a few people strolling through as well. Lots of familiar ones that I see at the weekend markets (like Rhoads Farms, Blue Jacket Creamery, Honeyrun Farms, etc) but also other farmers that I don’t normally run into. It’s a great midweek market that I want to hit again before the summer is over.
Honeyrun Farms was one of the more well-stocked of the farmers, bringing some of their colorful carrots.
And it was the first market where I saw plenty of summer squash everywhere I looked. Given how prolific my own garden has been, I can only imagine that we’ll be inundated with squash like crazy in the coming weeks. The 8-ball style squash is one of my favorite varieties because it takes to being stuffed so well, as well as being sliced and grilled.
And some sour cherries by who I think was Jacquemin Farms (not sure on this one, but it sounds right – this is one of those farms I wasn’t familiar with). Is it just me, or are we seeing a lot less sour cherries this year than we did at the markets last year?
And continuing in the fruit theme, black raspberries, although I don’t remember who the vendor was. I need to be better about tagging my pictures. Or writing about the markets on the day I actually visit.
I believe these were some of the first pickling cucumbers at Rhoads.
And although I didn’t realize it at the time (I must’ve been blind, since Sungold tomatoes were what I was looking for in the first place!), what I think are Sungold tomatoes (because they look more orange than red, right?)
Dublin is a bit out of my way on weekday rush hours, but I’ll definitely be back, when I’m in the area anyway.
I want to make it a point to visit as many different farmers markets as possible this year. Which are your favorites?