The Farmer’s Market (Meg’s Take)

Not gonna lie, there are going to multiple posts about the South Bend Farmer’s Market on this blog.  I guarantee it.  Everyone has their own favorite stalls.  The Market changes with the season.  And a Farmer’s Market post is also a great excuse to brag about the cool recipes you’ve made.

A camel outside the Farmer's Market entrance. Yeah I don't get it either...

A camel outside the Farmer’s Market entrance. Yeah I don’t get it either…

As for me, I’m a huge fan of riding my bike down there on Saturday mornings.  Not only do you avoid the hectic parking lot… your bike helmet can double as a handy shopping basket.

A bike helmet doubles as a good basket for shopping in the market.

A bike helmet easily fits six honey crisp apples.

This time around besides buying apples and leeks, I bought a duck from Hiatt’s stand.  They carved it up for me, so I could use the legs, breasts, wings, and other parts in different recipes.  The subsequent week I made a fantastic duck leg and rhubarb curry.  And I used the random bits to make duck pho.  The breasts are still in my freezer waiting for inspiration to strike.

I can vouch for their birds!

I can vouch for their birds!

Duck pho, made with a bird from the market.

Duck pho, made with a bird from the market.

You are never quite sure what you’ll find down in the Market.  Play your cards right and you can come home with a jar of pickled turnips, a set of new sharp kitchen knives, a pretzel the size of your torso and an adorable kitten.  This time around there were also some goats hanging out front.

Hey there!

Hey there!

What’s for sure—the Market is always worth the trip.

Postscript: One hazard of commuting to the Market by bike… sometimes you get stuck waiting for really long freight trains on your weigh home.

Argh, got stuck on my bike waiting for this train to pass. Waited on my bike for ten minutes!

Argh, got stuck on my bike waiting for this train to pass. Waited on my bike for ten minutes!

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