You know, I had it in the back of my mind that the Pearl Market had started again for the season, but it wasn’t until Paul mentioned yesterday that he was craving Nellie’s Samosas that it even occured to me that we had a few extra minutes to go before heading to class. Since it was a bit past the lunch rush, it wasn’t too difficulty finding a parking meter along Gay Street.
For those not familiar, Pearl Alley (at least the portion that the farmers market is held at) runs between Gay Street and Broad Street, a block or so east of High Street. While there are quite a few farmers there offering meat, cheese and produce, there are equally as many non-food vendors. It’s strength, I think, lies in the fact that it’s convenient to downtown workers, and that one of the vendors that is usually there has the best damn samosas in town. Unfortunately for me, Nellie’s wasn’t there yesterday. I ran into Bethia there, who apparently had the same craving for samosas that we did.
Many of the farmers there are ones that I am familiar with from other markets, like Becky from Honeyrun Farms, who was there with some lovely radishes and a bunch of salad and other greens.
But then there are ones that I am just seeing for the first time, like this bread baker, whose name is escaping me at the moment. If I hadn’t been on my way to class, I definitely would have picked up a loaf to try.
And of course, it wouldn’t be May if there weren’t strawberries to be found everywhere…
And market staples like green onions are a popular choice at just about every market.
Wishwell Farms had greenhouse-grown tomatoes.
The vendors continue around the front of Broad Street toward High – that’s where you can find most of the produce like these green beans.
If you live or work near downtown, this is a great midweek market to check out – which other midweek markets do you frequent?