It's here! The first weekend of the One Local Summer Challenge.
Saturday was a gorgeous day and I was just starting the 15 minute drive to the Farmers Market when a group of deer scattered at the side of the road. One young doe panicked and darted in front of me. I braked hard but couldn't avoid grazing it with the bumper. She took off into the woods - I think she was OK, poor little thing. I wasn't! I felt terrible.
(Any less braking and I might have been dining on local venison - *cringe*)
Apart from the near carnage, I had a fantastic time at the market. The little town of Creemore might as well be called Mayberry, it's just so old-fashioned cute.
Window boxes everywhere...
Even this friendly reminder was gussied up with a live flower wreath. I'm obsessed with signs - the fonts, the colours. I love how every sign in the town is unique:
I stopped in at the meat market looking for local chicken and fell right into a neighbourly chat about global warming. A few other townsfolk stopped in and informed everyone that "Dave" was getting married this weekend. To a man. And the word is - he's rich! The shopkeeper took this opportunity to confess that he'd be willing to marry Elton John, you know, for the luxurious lifestyle. The conversation turned to the time his 80-year-old mother found a "dirty book" hidden in the store office. After a few more laughs, I finally paid for my potatoes.
I turned those potatoes into my first all-local meal*, good enough for Sir Elton himself:
Potato Salad: Potatoes, radishes, green onions and leaf lettuce - all from nearby farms. Seasoned with a sweet little old woman's homegrown dried herbs and topped with local smoked sausage. Locally grown & canned dill pickles on the side and fresh-off-the-vine local strawberries for dessert.
It's just the start of our growing season - so I look forward to more produce variety soon. And my goal is to find a reliable source of local, hormone-free meats & poultry. Thanks for the inspiration, Liz!
*Only one deer was bruised during the making of this meal.