Winter Farmers’ Market

The last market of the season is always bittersweet, in that I know no matter how much I stock up it is going to be a long winter.  This weekend the Boulder County Farmers’ Market gave me a brief respite from my longing with their weekend-long indoor market at the fairgrounds.  It’s a great opportunity to get some local food products and do some holiday gift shopping.  We bought a large quantity of stuff and I just might head back tomorrow.

Easter Egg Radishes
Organic Oyster Mushrooms from Hazel Dell Mushrooms–one of my favorites
Beeswax candles from Amber Lights in Longmont

I was delighted to discover Street Fare bakery, which benefits the Boulder County Homeless Shelter through sales of their delicious two-bite cupcakes.  We sampled the Orange Clove (fantastic) and the Sugar Plum (even more fantastic).  They sell a variety of interesting flavors that rotate according to season.

From left to right, orange clove, sugar plum, and star anise mini cupcakes

We also sampled some innovative fare from Chef Deb, who does cooking demos at the summer market in addition to her gig as a private chef.  Today she was making quesadillas with Delicata squash, local greens, and Haystack Mountain goat cheese.  This was topped with a really fresh-tasting mushroom salsa that I need to try to replicate.

Chef Deb stirring up a new batch of mushroom pico de gallo
A quesadilla, hot off of the griddle

We also browsed the gift areas and found lots of things we wanted to buy.

Leaf-imprint bird bath–must buy…
skeins of hand-dyed yarn
natural dyes
Hand painted gourds

The most compelling displays, however, were all of the stunning, multi-colored carrots:

I’m a sucker for pretty carrots.  We bought mushrooms, onions, fingerling potatoes, dried chokecherries (really!), pastured pork, raw milk cheese, cabbages, and of course those mini cupcakes.  We also sampled some great popcorn from Boulder Popcorn, and I suspect I will end up buying some of their “Cambria’s Cream” variety on my return visit.  It has a really distinctive flavor, almost buttery, and a delicate, crisp texture.

Definitely going back tomorrow.

Thanks for reading,

-Angela

7 Responses to Winter Farmers’ Market

  1. Jersey Girl Cooks December 4, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    Look likes a great farmers market! I haven't been to on ein months.

  2. Karen Harris December 4, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    What a lovely way to spend the day. We were pretty much snowed in today. I love those carrots. Yum.

  3. Curt December 4, 2011 at 3:16 am #

    I've never seen easter egg radishes before. Very colorful. Our farmers market in Wisconsin has been done for a while now.

  4. Bo December 4, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    Sounds like yall have a great farmers market…the one here is dead this time of year.

  5. Cathy W December 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    That salsa looks awesome. Please share… :)

  6. marla December 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    This post makes me crave a trip to the farmers market. Those Easter Egg Radishes are breath taking!

  7. Robert Freeman June 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Awesome, you have everything done so well. Must be a great market to work in and excellent to visit. It gives that sense of down home markets of old. Thanks

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