Wow, what a weird day this was. For the past 6+ months the alarm goes off at 4am on Saturday morning so that we can be set up and ready for our customers to arrive at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market by 9am. While it seemed to be a real pain in the neck to crawl out of a comfortable bed, we did it anyway because that is what you do when you are a member of a farmers market. So why was today so different and weird? The 2011 market season is over for the year! EEEEEK! What the heck are we supposed to do on Saturday mornings? I can only imagine what our customers were thinking...they have established a routine too! :)
I tried to keep some of our farmers market routine going, so I insisted that we go to town and go shopping! Normally it is a food shopping experience on our way home from the “big city” but today was just a “I need to shop day cause I always do it on Saturday” day! lol And I couldn't think of a better place than the local seed store! Yup, I have already purchased seeds for next year. I know that many of our farmers have listened to what our customers want and the seed ordering has started...but, there is still time to let us know if there is anything that you would like to see next year at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market. I know that we will have some surprises next year after our expedition today and I can guarantee that many of our other farmers will surprise you too!
I just wanted to pass on a great big thanks from all of our members for the great year and for your faith in homegrown goodness. We know that it is hard to explain to folks that there just isn't corn in April...we'd love it but sorry, Kentucky weather just does not allow corn to grow that fast! Same thing with melons and tomatoes unless they are grown in a greenhouse. If you want honest to gosh, local homegrown grown freshness and flavor...you have to wait until it is time to harvest in our area! I am already cringing at the thought of a store bought tomato in January. Please hurry up and be time to harvest in Kentucky!!!
The Bluegrass Farmers' Market prides itself on making our customers smile. It might be with our great fruits, veggies, jams, baked goods, herb seasoning, plants, flowers or any other item that they make, grow, bake or raise. Remember, we are 100% homegrown or produced! Our smiles come because we love what we do but in order to keep you , our customers, smiling we need to know what you want to see at our market. We listen and we'll do our best at all times...just let us know by responding and commenting.
~*~*~ We'll see ya in mid April 2012~*~*~
But, we'll also be keeping you up to date with all sorts of goodies like recipes, hints, tips, market news and some just plain old gossip about our farmers! Keep checking back all winter long. Who knows, maybe those cold winter days might seem a bit shorter! lol
Thank you for a wonderful year!
P.S. Hope you bought some wonderful homegrown sweet taters for your Thanksgiving dinner...I'll soon be passing on a favorite family recipe that I only share with special people, like you! :)