Farmer's Market Finds
Last Saturday I found myself a single lady. Well, the hubby was out of town for soccer so me and the little lady of the house were free birdies. I decided to take us on a little excursion- the Cherry Creek farmer's market in the parking lot at Bed, Bath & Beyond. This is very sad, but I had never been. It could have been one of the hottest days, and hottest times of day, that we finally made our way down there, but it didn't phase us much. We had our water and I bought an iced coffee from the most adorable duo behind a roasters called Forest Coffee Trading Co. They get their beans from the Phahi Village in Northern Thailand and they roast them locally in Denver. This iced coffee didn't need cream or sugar. Pretty tasty! When I could see little babe's cheeks getting flush, we made a bee line for the mall across the street. A diaper change, a snack and a romp around their indoor playground in the air conditioning made for a full and busy morning.
Our first trip to the farmer's market proved to be a success. I ended up finding, and buying incredible, local honey from Bjorn's Colorado Honey. I love honey and have been using it a lot lately in our plain greek yogurt with fruit and using it in place of brown sugar in my oatmeal. Also, I can't get enough beets. Well, not like I make them all the time or anything, but I do love, love, LOVE beets! I make them on occasion at home by boiling them and they are just perfect as is! A stand by MMLOCAL Foods stopped me in my tracks when I spotted they had a jar of curried beets. YUM! Apparently, I discovered after I already making the purchase, they also sell wholesale to King Soopers, Whole Foods, Sprouts and other grocers. I try to support smaller operations when shopping these sorts of things, but they are still local and the beets were tasty!
I was also fortunate to have lucked out on stumbling upon a really cool body butter line out of Colorado Springs called MIG, "Moxie Inspires Greatness." She makes these awesome body butter sticks that are so creamy and smell lovely, plus they are all natural AND some of the proceeds go to help stop human trafficking. I bought the body butter stick, this 8 month baby bump could use a little pampering! It was worth the low cost of $10 to give it a whirl and the ingredients are all spelled out on the packaging- shea butter,hemp butter, olive oil, almond oil, beeswax, coconut oil, calendula (my fave), castor oil and essential oils of lavender & clary sage. The first night I used this after my shower, hubby got a little bit of a headache from the scent. it is NOT that strong people, he is just super sensitive! So I decided to use this in the morning/day and use my "hot cocoa" scent as he calls it, Palmer's Cocoa butter, at night.
I hope to get back on another Saturday or Wednesday morning and try a couple other vendors like this one with spicy pickles called, The Real Dill, or maybe pick up a jar of "Delicousness" from Redcamper Picnic Supply. They aren't jams per say, but they use alcohol in their cooking preparation and the cherry one was really, "delicious" for lack of a better word! I could use it as an accent with cheese and crusting to make an appetizer.
I popped by Beet Box Bakery's booth and had a yummy, all vegan, organic doughnut. So moist! And before leaving we had an incredible empanada that was HUGE and HOT and full of fresh chicken, egg, onion, potato, peas and spices. That was so filling and made a nice light lunch. They don't have a restaurant and don't sell their empanadas anywhere yet, but this family has some serious cooking chops! I want to try their beef next time!
Have you been to this farmer's market? A lot of the vendors mentioned they also sell at other farmer markets around town too. I want to try the one at Lowry next- I believe Tuesday nights. Oh, forgot to mention the Palisade peaches we devoured. I am a sucker for a juicy peach, and Colorado peaches truly are remarkable.
Farmer's markets, another reason to love summer, right?!