Yesterday was my first visit to the local Farmers Market here in Dubuque, Iowa. I’m happy to report it was a complete success (as shown in the photo above). There were far more vendors this year than in the past.
I arrived quite early because I had two particular (favorite) vendors that I wanted to visit first. I snapped the photo above as I was arriving. I thought about getting one as I left to show the crowd of people but my hands were full and my arm had fallen asleep from the weight of my bag. Lesson learned: Next week bring a larger bag!
If you live here in the Dubuque area, your familiar with Fincel’s Sweet Corn. They were able to plant the corn early so we may just have some before the 4th of July. My sister will be most pleased if she gets to have some while visiting.
Tomato plants from Fincel’s farm.
Live music was set up in a couple of areas.
Handmade bird feeders.
I met this creative artist who recycles plates, vases, cups, silverware, gravy bowls, etc. and creates these adorable bird feeders. She uses colored stones on the plates so that the birds have a place to sit. Julie Castro (JEWR72@aol.com) is her name and she calls her work Glass Menagerie, Treasures For Your Home. This is her first year at the Market.
A friend of mine has an organic farm in Cuba City, WI. I regret not getting some of the strawberries on this visit, but loved the mini, red romaine. He also sets up his truck at the market in Chicago, IL. You can find out more information about his farm by clicking Tree of Life Gardens and CSA.
There were a LOT of meat vendors on site. Being a vegetarian I politely smiled as I passed their booths. I only stopped at this one because I thought the flower pot was interesting.
Next week I will be getting a large bag of the kettle corn. It was delicious!
Loved these recycled copper hummingbird feeders. Very creative. Jeff Driscoll is the artist and you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
And yes, there were four-legged ones everywhere. However, I didn’t get their names because I was overwhelmed with cuteness.
Check back this week for another installment of “What’s On My Plate” series. I’ll be sharing what dishes I made using my farmers market goodies.
Oh, and House (my youngest fur-child) has started practicing yoga. Seriously, I’m putting together a mini-session for you to try out.
Until the next word…