This weekend was a nice laid back one for our family.
We started off Saturday morning by walking to the Riverside Arts Market. We drive part of the way there, then walk about a mile round trip to and from, plus we get in a good mile or two meandering the aisles of vendors that line the area.
Its a great way to get a nice family walk in, and see an amazing variety of handicrafts, plus live plants, produce and food vendors. With no admission fees, its a great, inexpensive way to have a morning out!
We started our adventure at a produce stand just inside the entrance. As much as I have touted the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market over these last few years, I am starting to become disenchanted with it. A farmer’s market implies that the priduce is local, from local farms, which the huge one downtown strikes me more of a produce flea market – great for bulk items, but if you really want to support local farming, this is the place to go:
I was able to grab some baskets of goodies….
Two eggplants, three star fruit, onions, yellow tomatoes and sweet potatoes for $10.00
We wandered along and stopped at JC’s Daily Bread and got a chocolate croissant for breakfast. We have noticed before that they are one of the most popular vendors – they bring tons of fresh baked breads, pastries, cookies, and sell out week to week, all the way from Port St. Lucie Now, we know why they are a hit – that croissant was to die for!
We eventually made our way home briefly and spent the rest of the day visiting my Mom and Dad, where both my Mom and I smoked turkey legs for dinner.
I gave her my brine recipe and we each occupied a shelf in their smoker. They came out great! Everyone, even the kids, enjoyed them. We took our extra three home with us and had them for dinner on Sunday night, after watching football. I will be sharing this recipe, among others in a new section: Fair Foods Done At Home! After all, its getting close to fair season for some of us!
Speaking of Sunday, we did go to the downtown Farmer’s Market, because I needed some more tomatoes and some zucchini for some lasagna that was requested by Randall this week.
My main focus was for something I thought should be in season now, and I was right….
I got that beautiful basket full of about 18.5 pounds of a mix of Rome and Gala apples for $10.00. We spent a total of $20.00 on everything you see. Not too bad, I would say! Look at the size of those lemons!
So, I have some apple ideas up my sleeve that I can’t wait to share with everyone!
Have a wonderful week with your loved ones!