Today was the first market of the new season at Pepper Place Farmers Market, and I was determined to go because it’s become a tradition. So, heeding the warning to avoid sun exposure while on Erbitux, I slathered on the SPF 30 sunscreen, donned long sleeves and a hat and off we went. The long sleeves, and the turtleneck I wore turned out to be a good choice because it was a tad on the chilly side this morning. As we neared the market, the streets were lined with cars for blocks and people were walking. I didn’t know if I was quite up to walking a great distance since I still felt just a little weak and wonky, but sometimes the fates smile upon us, and they did today. We lucked out, and found a spot just across the street from the market on our first pass.
The market is usually crowded on opening day, but today was as crowded as I have ever seen it.
You could barely move. And dogs! It seemed like every other person there had brought his or her dogs. It would be nice if they would also bring pooper-scoopers and not let their dogs on retractable leashes tangle themselves around folks' legs, but. . .Some dogs were very well behaved; others seemed to be over stimulated by the sights and scents. This guy was one of the calmer ones, waiting patiently for his folks to finish making their purchase. I could never take Agatha and Victoria- the excitement would be too much for them and they'd most likely have conniption fits and never recover!
There were vendors with all manner of food and craft items. The fresh veggies and strawberries were in abundance and there were two mushroom vendors. We bought some spinach, strawberries and shiitake mushrooms. We decided to grab a cup of coffee and something to eat and sit at one of the tables. Mr. G bought some boudin sausage and I grabbed a chocolate croissant. It was nice and relaxing to sit and listen to Debbie Bond and Rick Asherson play the blues and watch the little kids grooving to the music and dancing, having a grand time.
It was a fun morning, but I was quite tired so we decided to head for home.