Farmers Market Joys


A photo of Tricia MillixThe farmers’ market is one of my favorite places to go. Every Sunday we have a date with the die-hard market goers at the Coventry Regional Farmers' Market! I remember packing up the family and heading to the only place to get the freshest produce and best local products  you could ever find! I now pack up my baked goods and eggs to join the elite group of vendors, an honor to say the least. I am surrounded by the most amazing people I have ever met. They spread their tables with the most gorgeous array of fruits and vegetable’s you will ever see, they offer it to you with a smile and usually at least one way to prepare it.

I am new at the “vendor” side of the market, but the people I join feel more like family than co-workers. I have been blessed with the best neighbors, if I were asked to pick a spot to set-up every week I would without a question pick the exact spot I am in right now. I had come to love and look forward to their produce, I was a regular. We had our routine, coffee at Bean & Leaf, French pastry from La Petite France, and always, always, always something from Abby and Bruce at Bird Song Farm.

You have to get there early because they usually sell out of just about everything; with good reason it's the best – quality that shows their dedication and love for what they do. I love to see what they have when they start unloading their van each week, it is like a surprise box, each thing they take out is just as good if not better than the last! They are always full of smiles, good conversation and words of encouragement. They are a driving force behind keeping your head up and reminding you to never get discouraged. They are wonderful and are always telling customers about all the wonderful vendors that surround them.

The best part of the market is when I get to trade with them, I offer a pie or some truffle brownie bites and I get the best veggies in return.

Vegetables from the Farmers Market 

From that moment on my mind is turning with ideas for dinner and how I will prepare my little treasures. Will they share the spotlight or will one be the star of the dish; grilled, bakes, sauteed or just they way they are?

8/4/2009 9:44:00 PM

Cindy- You are correct, it is so much more than just getting groceries. It really is more about the relationships you form with the people who grow and make your food! Coventry Farmers Market is so wonderful. It is an all day event, once you get there you tend to stay for hours. They always have live music and there is always things for the kids to do. We had a great "Dog Days" event that included K9 demonstrations and tons of things to do with Dogs!! I love that market!! Those little Truffle Brownie Bites are one of my best sellers, I have to hide them from my family so they make it to the market. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, they are greatly appreciated. Best Regards- Tricia

Cindy Murphy
8/4/2009 5:26:11 AM

Hi, Tricia. I love farmers' markets! You never quite know what treasures you'll find there. It's so much more than buying fruits, vegetables, and other locally made items; it's the atmosphere and people that makes it an experience, rather than just a trip to get groceries. And Coventry Regional Farmers' Market sounds and looks like quite a gem of a market, (not to mention those truffle brownie bites of yours sound wonderful!). It's great you've found your niche there, and wishing you continued success in finding all that you've been looking for. ~ Cindy

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