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September 3rd, 2006 (03:35 pm)

current mood: exhausted

After debating going out there for over a year and a half, the female sibling unit and I finally got out to the Farmers' Market. O_O;; We'd been debating going ever since it moved out to the old Currie Barracks, but since it's in an awkward location (anything in this city is in a *good* location?!) we were a bit leery about it but... Man oh man, I wish we'd gone earlier!

The market itself is a serious energy drain. We were there barely an hour and both of us are pretty dead to the world now. ^^; But there was lots of fruit and produce, some meats, crafts and food vendors. We decided to try out Simple Simon Pies for dinner and bought a dozen pies. Yummy, and they kept asking us if we wanted a sample as we tried to decide what to get. They would probably have been quite willing to let us sample every type of pie we were thinking of buying and then some (as long as they're savoury pies). ^^; (We tried their swiss chicken and mushroom and it was really tasty!)

Otherwise... I think I really like blackberries! O_O; I've never really been fond of them before because they were always fairly harsh, had those little seeds, and just never appealed. But for some reason, I decided to pick up a pack while at the market and... YUMMY! Okay there's the occasional tart one, but they're really quite good. I was very surprised, and I sort of wish I bought more than just the one pack.

Today was pretty much all fruit with a little bit of veggies on the buying side as well as pies for dinner. Had we thought things through, we might have remembered to bring a cooler to bring home meats and other cold items. As it is, I've discovered that they sell heavy cream there as well as whole milk. I've often looked at recipes calling for whole milk a little strangely because I've never known where to get it. I'll have to remember them for the next time I make cream puffs though - fresh heavy cream! ^o^

One place was selling hand dyed yarn and hand-knit socks. There were some alpaca socks which were *really* soft, but we didn't look at the size. The ones that interested me were 80% alpaca and the rest nylon I believe although there were other alpaca socks with mohair and other wools as well. The 80% alpaca ones were so soft though. Shall have to take a better look at them next time, preferably before buying blueberries and blackberries and worrying about their getting squished. (The blueberries did get a bit squished while we were there).

More than anything, the Farmers' market reminded me of a very busy and bustling Granville market from Vancouver only with much better access. The question now is, do we go to Heritage Park next weekend for the Fall Fair (craft show) and my gingerbread people (yes, I'm willing to pay $14 to get into the park just so I can have my gingerbread people (and another butter tart, and the sausage rolls...). Don't ask silly questions. :P ), or do we go back to the Farmers' Market armed with coolers for some meats and more blackberries? Decisions, decisions. I'm still trying to recover enough energy to do more work on ep 17. >_<;


Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
Rin temptation (sleepdebtfairy)

Ohhh, Farmers' Markets are high on the list of Best Things Ever. I'm seriously tempted to travel around just to visit them everywhere. *_*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 5th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)

I agree. ^__^ I love visiting markets whenever possible when I travel since it's a slice of every day life and oftens shows a side of local life you don't get to see otherwise.

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)

farmers' markets are awesome. And, it's the best way to support and expand on sustainability. My sister married a farmer. My dad is a small farmer and amazing gardener. So. YAY!! ^____^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 5th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)

^_^ I love all the local farmer/small shops that you encounter at the market. I used to go more often when I was into jamming and making salsa, but I haven't done that for years now. >_<; At least the market allows for smaller quantity purchases now compared to many years ago though. ^^;

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: September 5th, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)
haruhi potter

yeh. right now, i have made about 12 jars of pesto with our basil. We have so much. Pickled cucumbers and now I have tomato sauce and salsa to make with the hords of tomatos.

not to mention, up next: applesauce. and we have figs coming soon. i am thinking of making some chutney and compote with them. Love the farming life...yet, so much of me also loves being in the city. I love having the best of both worlds. ^____^

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 7th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)

If it's not taking it too far, would you mind sharing your fig-compote reciepe? We have a load of figs comming soon, too and I don't have any good reciepes by now.

=> Shadow: Thank you and the editors very much for your good and fast work on Saiunkoku, keep it up.

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: September 7th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
smarty pants takigawa eiji

definitely. I can post it up. I am at work currently, but don't have it here. I was thinking of making some chutney with it too. I'll put them all up.

It's so hard to think what to do with figs...especially when you have a lot of them ^____^

Posted by: Maria (reynardine)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)

Gingerbread people sounds really good...I'd vote for that! ;-D

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 5th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)

*laughs* Actually, I think the gingerbread folk won, so we'll be heading out that way again. Old-fashioned bakery with old-fashioned goods. YUM! ^__^

Posted by: pingsama (pingsama)
Posted at: September 4th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)

Ooo~ Farmer's Market. It's been a long time since I've been to one of those(which is really sad because there's two nearby).

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 5th, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)

Get yourself out to one! :P I know it can be hard to get the oomph up to go though. It only took us 1.5 years... ^^;

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Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 5th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)

Fortunately, we've got a produce stand in the neighbourhood as well, so that's part of the reason why we never ventured out to one of the major markets. ^^; Still, the actual market is great. ^___^

I don't think I've seen the yellow berries so I'll have to keep an eye out for them. Sometimes it's so hard to find any unusual fruits out here although the oriental market is great for some unusual fruit as well. ^_^

I think we've (the editors and I) all been having great fun; both with the series and the work. (I know I have at least). ^^; Still, things will be coming out much slower now that everything we've finished to date has been released to torrent, and we start working on getting new eps finished.

Feel free to add. ^_^

Posted by: kiachan (kiachan)
Posted at: September 7th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)

They look exactly like blackberries, but they're orange or yellow. They call them honey-something, but the point is, they're super sweet and fresh and delicious.

Maybe you're talking about cloudberries also known as "bakedapples"?

I've tasted them once in Newfundland and they were just "yummy" :D
Usually one finds them growing as wild bushes in Scandinavian and some Russian areas. I believe, all they need to thrive and prosper is a sunny and dry (but cool) climate.

Posted by: belledandyangel (belledandyangel)
Posted at: September 6th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)

I really like your icon...please tell me where is that from? It looks like a manga...if my luck...I hope it is an anime ^-^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 7th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)

It's from a manga series by Shiomi Chika called Kemonotachi no Yoru. ...Night of the Beasts would be the translation. I think it was licensed recently. ^_^ While she's not very well known in North America, I like some of her works. ^_^

Posted by: belledandyangel (belledandyangel)
Posted at: September 7th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)

Ohh I think I did view the link in GoComic for this before while surfing for Tenshi Ja Nai...but hmmm I am more into high school/romance/comedy genre...but your icon of Aria & Sakura sparks my sometimes taste in romance and dark fantasy...I am not sure if it was cause it didn't come until this month...so I bypass it before...but definitely gonna check out now...

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