We went to market this morning but didn't buy a fat pig- didn't even see one, but we did see a lot of lovely fresh veggies, fruit, eggs, herbs, breads, jams, jellies, pickles and preserves. And dogs- there were quite a few families who had brought their dogs to the market. Small dogs, medium size dogs, and one enormous dog that was about the size of a small pony. The dogs were all well behaved, although it was obvious that several of them would rather have been off sniffing the other dogs rather than being led around on a leash.
Since I've been on chemo and trying to stay away from crowds because of my now compromised immune system, I have really missed our Saturday morning trips to buy fresh veggies, eggs, herbs, etc. at Pepper Place Market in Birmingham. Once upon a time, when I was making and selling soap we had a booth there, and while I don't miss getting up in the wee hours of every Saturday morning to drive to the market before dawn, set up, then stand out in the heat of summer or the chilly mornings of early spring and fall, or the rains, I do miss the people and the atmosphere.
We decided if we could get there early, maybe we could avoid the crowds. There were certainly more people who got there early than I had anticipated, but it wasn't so crowded that we were rubbing elbows with people, so it worked out pretty well. We enjoyed wandering, visiting with some of the folks we knew from our market days, and picking out some lovely fresh veggies. Here are some of the sights from this morning's market. Click on the pics to enlarge them.
The first booth we visited was the Red Rubin Nursery booth for some herbs. Bryan was in the booth next to us when we sold soap at the market and I still like to get my herb plants from him. Today we bought some Italian parsley and two pots of basil. Next we just wandered the market, enjoying all the wonderful colors of the fruits and veggies, stopping to touch smell, and buy some, too.
There was red and green okra in one booth and colorful grasses and flowers in another.
There were muscadines and scuppernongs, tomatoes, more peaches, some pears and green pole beans
There were farm fresh eggs in many hues, jams, jellies and preserves, and and some lovely slender little haricots vert.
There were shiitake mushrooms growing on logs and resting in baskets.
On our way back to the car we walked through the lush area outside Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery, enjoying the lush, colorful plants displayed.
We're now looking forward to enjoying some delicious meals with the veggies and herbs we bought.