Delicious and Delightful!
By: Laura Asher (Jul 10, 2010)
I have been patronizing the Alton Farmer's Market for several years, since it is the nearest to my home. This morning was the first time I had made it down this season, and I was blown away!
There were about 40 booths set up, with lots of fruits, veges, and handmade items. I was excited to see that there were plenty of Calhoun peaches available (the *best* you will taste), as well as berries, tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, potatoes, etc. I was pleased to find some heirloom varieties present, as well! There were also baked goods, farm fresh eggs, canned pickles and jellies, flowers and herbs, a few native plants, and pretties like jewelry, crochet, and pottery. The prices were *very* reasonable, the vendors were friendly, and the quality was excellent!
I'll let you know what I bought, just as an illustration: a lovely lampworked glass pendant necklace, a quart of sweet peaches, 2 lbs. of early blue plums, a quart of doughnut peaches, a quart of golden plums (by far my fav find!), a dozen ears of sweet corn, a light wheat baguette, an apple pie, a gooey butter cake, and a quart of honey. Are you drooling yet? I wish I could post a picture to show you how gorgeous everything was! The smells as I drove home were intoxicating.
I was so inspired by my experience this morning that I had to log in here and add a review. The Alton Farmer's Market has really grown, and it is definitely worth checking out! I know that not every vendor plans to come every week, so some things may be hit and miss at this market. It has a core group of regulars, though, and I hope that many of the vendors that I met today will return. Note that the vendors are definitely packed up and gone by noon, so make sure you are there early enough to brows all the wares!
My whole family enjoyed the experience today. Give it a try ~ I think you will, too!