September 11, 2017
My husband took a trip to Washington D.C. to see a dear friend of his. Which meant I was on kid duty for the entire weekend. All by myself. I decided to take my girls to the mall to ride the train and get a cookie. I was winning at being a Mom that day. When we arrived, I realized that it was Farmer’s Market Day at the mall. An entire section of the parking lot was full of people selling their delicious local wares!
I asked (pleaded with) the girls to allow me a few minutes and they obliged! They know their mother very well. I’m a lover of farmer’s market faire. My heart beats for locally grown produce and hand crafted cheeses. Don’t even get me started about artisan vinegars and baguettes. A Farmer’s Market is my happy place. And so we went.
As we moved through the aisles, I saw approximately 483 things I wanted to buy. But I realized quickly I was running out of time when my children would be enthusiastic about what we were doing so I narrowed my purchases down to a few key items for this trip to the farmer’s market.
Goat cheese. This is a food group. Especially when it’s this goat cheese. They make so many different kinds but my favorite is the peppered kind AND June’s Joy. It’s made with honey, thyme and black pepper. It’s creamy, sweet, savory, earthy, delicious Heaven Cheese.
Greens. I am convinced. CONVINCED I tell you that there is hardly something better for a person’s happiness than home grown salad greens. They need next to nothing added to be utterly amazing. I could eat the entire bag in one sitting.
Marshmallows. This was the bribe used so that I could acquire the other delicious things. What can I say, I’m a giver. These were so yummy AND they give ample samples. Which is very important when you’re dealing with antsy kids.
And finally. Bread. Always bread. Only bread. As Oprah would say, “I love bread”. She got that from me. This particular sourdough loaf was the stuff of dreams. Crusty outside, soft chewy center. This bread is my spirit animal. When you slice into it, joy seeps out. And when you spread some June’s Joy on top of it? Well, you could in theory never eat anything else in your whole life and be completely satisfied.
When we were finished and went home, I could barely contain myself. I got the littlest babe all tucked (read-herded) into her nap and stuck the other two into the play room with ample snacks. After turning on my current binge show- Friends- I made myself the best damn lunch you’ve ever seen.
I made a simple vinaigrette with white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice and honey. Drizzling that over my greens and tossing them with so much care as to not bruise the very sensitive lettuce. I spread some cheese over my spirit bread and sat down on my comfortable couch. I fed not only my body but my soul. And, all was right in the world because I felt like I had participated in small business economy. And I was watching Friends while eating that economy. Which is the stuff American Dreams are made of.
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