Friday, July 24, 2009

Market: Part 2

So, this is actually part two of my previous post! I have gushed about the Coventry Farmers Market so many times before, but this time I am taking the time to really explain why I love it so very much. I had left off with Bird Song Farm and their amazing vegetables, I think I forgot to mention the name of their farm!!
I guess I will begin this post with another of my all-time favorites, Bean & Leaf! I had the pleasure of first tasting their coffee last year when they came to the market as a Guest Vendor. Well, needless to say it immediately turned into an addiction! I actually think I had more than one cup in the two hours I was there. I was at that time not yet a "vendor" so I was at the market as a "shopper" and shop I loved to do. I bought two bags of their coffee, I knew I would begin having withdrawal symptoms as soon as I got home. Thank goodness they were there again the next week and then the next....... Chris and Lani are two of the nicest people you will ever meet and the fact that they bring those bins full of deliciousness is just icing on the beautiful coffee cupcake! I now am able to get that hot cup of yum every Sunday, even though I brew my own cup every other day, it just tastes so much better coming straight from them! Like I mentioned, I would come to the market each Sunday with my children and father; we had a routine and we very rarely every changed it. It was a necessity to follow those first few steps so then we could get on with the rest of our market experience. Bean & Leaf was our first stop, no if-ands-or buts about it!! Once we had our cup of coffee we would move onto our next stop, La Petite France! I feel in love with the Cheese Stars when I was given one at a different market. They are so delicate, the tips of the star melt in your mouth then you reach the creamy center and you feel like you are floating on a cloud! That is not all, oh no...croissant's the size of one of my children filled with flaky buttery air and please do not forget the ones filled with chocolate and then there is the Sarah's Surprise: Delicate puffed pastry topped with raspberry's and a sweet cream cheese, do you all see why they are one of the first stops I had to make? I would love to spend a day in the kitchen with Roméo to witness the magic that must take place there. You will know you are in the correct spot when you are greeted by Alexandra, you simply cannot miss her. She is so petite with the largest most genuine smile I have ever seen and her voice is so full and heavy of France if you closed your eyes you would swear you were standing in Paris. We would sit on the bench under our favorite tree and enjoy our first two purchases of the day, with much anticipation of the ones that were yet to be made. Once we were finished savoring every bite and down to the very last sip we would happily continue on our venture through "Market-Ville". Next stop 18Th Century Purity Farm to see Paul. He is such a very kind sweet man, he has such a sense of honesty that emanates from him. His fruit carries on that feeling, pure honest goodness. When you eat his raspberries they taste exactly what you would imagine the picture perfect raspberry would taste like. These perfect little berries often grace the tops of my Truffle Brownie Bites that I offer at the market. I love going over to his table to see what I can top those yummy little bites with each week. Once he had the smallest, sweetest little strawberries, I just had to have them. They looked so perfect taking center stage on top of a cloud of sweet chocolate frosting. The market is full of wonderful vendors who offer such amazing things each and every week. I can attempt to mention everyone all at once, but that would be one very full post, so I will show you a little bit of all my favorites a little at a time! Next post I will share a story about a purchase I made this past Sunday at our "Frugal Frolic" from "Beauty That Moves".

1 comment:

  1. Tricia,
    I'm so happy that you've started a blog! It really was a treat to read about your market experience. Thanks for your sweet comment and I'm glad that you like your little painting.