Tuesday Morning Market Musing

November 6, 2007 at 8:41 pm 2 comments

The Lexington Farmers’ Market is a “happening” kinda place. From mid April through November you can find farmers set up along Vine Street right in the middle of Lexington. When we started selling our herbs plants there ten years ago we never thought that it would grow as much as it has…it’s now two full blocks long and you can find just about anything that you might want. The fresh veggies and the freshly picked fruits are to die for. The farm fresh eggs can’t be beat. The homemade breads make you feel like you’re back in your grandma’s kitchen. And if meats, poultry or fish are your thing than believe me you’ll find it all somewhere in the market. You’ll even be able to find wine and coffee! Sweeten your tea with wonderful local honey. Of course, I have to mention our herb seasoning too!

Each Saturday you can stroll through the market enjoying the scents of the food cooking and the sounds of the street musicians while trying to decide if that heirloom tomato or that purple pepper needs to go into your shopping bag! It is a great place to meet old friends and to make new ones.

We know about the new ones because in the ten years that we have been selling there we have made many new, now old, friends. We have farmer friends that can sympathize with you when the crops fail and rejoice when you have bumper crops. We watched some get married, some deliver new bundles of joy and we’ve lost some. We’ll never forget Katie or Nelson, they both brought so much to the market and their presence is still felt every Saturday. We feel it when any of our farmer friends are ill such as J.T. and “Daddy Raggard.” All we can do is keep them in our prayers and hope they know how hard we are praying for them.

 

We’ve also made many new customer friends. Granted we may not know their full name but we sure know what they like to eat! And, they have become part of our lives too. We have smiled when a mother tells us about her daughters wedding or when a grandparent shows us pictures of the new grandchild. We have watched toddlers become young adults and it always amazes us how fast they grow!  We have also kept many of our customers in our prayers such as our dear friend Barbara and that crazy guy, Bill.

Maybe we know folks because of their four-legged friend. We could never forget Andy, we first met him while his mom was carrying him in her market basket. He is now a strapping and eager big boy who will not go past our booth without a biscuit. He always makes everyone within earshot smile cause he continues to bark until he gets that treat! We’ve shed tears with Henry’s mom when she informed us that he did not make it last winter. We had many hugs and tears and thoughts about how much we would miss our short little friend who waddled up to our booth each week looking for a pat and a treat.

So, as you can see the farmers market is more than just a job for us, it’s our way of life and we couldn’t think of a better way to spend it then with our farmer and customer friends.

The reason I am telling you about our market is because we had a phone call this morning informing us that one of our customer friends passed away yesterday. Celine called to tell us that her sweetie, Paul, was no longer with us. We cried with her. I have to admit that I was surprised that she would phone us but she soon explained that she had gone to her kitchen cabinet this morning and saw the package of our Chili Season’n and she remembered how much Paul loved it and how much he enjoyed his visits with us. We will miss you, Paul.  Know that we will “tip” one for ya on Saturday at McCarthy’s!

I’m going to share this recipe in honor of Paul.

CHILI RECIPE

BROWN 2-3 LBS. OF GROUND BEEF; DRAIN AND RETURN TO POT. ADD 1 LARGE DICED ONION AND 1 CUP OF DICED GREEN PEPPER. ADD 1 CAN OF BEER AND BRING TO A BOIL. COOK FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY. ADD A 28 OZ. CAN OF EACH OF THESE: DRAINED DICED TOMATOES, TOMATO SAUCE AND DRAINED LIGHT KIDNEY BEANS*. ADD 3 TABLESPOONS OF CHILI SEASON’N**. BRING TO A BOIL; REDUCE HEAT AND SIMMER APPROXIMATELY 1-2 HOURS OR UNTIL DESIRED THICKNESS. STIR OCASSIONALLY. ENJOY!

* DREW LIKES BUSH’S MILD BEANS TOO!

** ADD MORE IF YOU LIKE IT SPICIER

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  • 1. C.R.  |  November 8, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    I made chili with your CHILI SEASON’N . Since we don’t drink beer, I used a can of pepsi. It was very good!

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  • 2. herbfolks  |  November 8, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    So glad the Pepsi worked. We tell customers who do not use alcohol to use the “fake” beer! I’m glad to know that we can suggest Pepsi too! Thank you. 🙂

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