Market Goers could not have asked for a better day to explore the West Chester Grower's Market this past Saturday. The sun was shining, and the air was not yet hot, as people ventured through the parking lot full of vendors on Church and Chestnut Streets.
My little Market Goer, Lucy, was decked out in a patriotic tee-shirt. Although she was too young to really enjoy a Snow Cone, she was still very excited about the Market. One of the reasons Lucy loves the Market: DOGS. Every Saturday, big dogs and little dogs alike prowl the Market with their owners. At her level, Lucy gets a great view of the friendly animals. As we are grabbing tomatoes and listening to music, Lucy is squealing in delight over the dogs that are perfectly in her eyesight. What fun!
Snow Cones were a huge success this weekend! Everywhere you looked, people were chipping away at their frozen treat, and you could see lips stained with every color you could imagine. People seemed to enjoy that the WCGM went the extra mile to find ways to celebrate Independence Day! (And did I mention they were FREE?!?!)
This week's Market Musicians, , were also a festive noise! They had quite the ensemble of instruments and musicians, producing a real folksy sound. I appreciated the cover songs they did, my favorite being "I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash (the man, the myth, the legend). It's always fun to walk around the Market to GOOD music and songs you know!
Ellen April's Homemade Soap stand was buzzing. I tried to stop in for a quick conversation, but she was delightfully overwhelmed by customer after customer! As I was peering over the soaps, deciding what to sample after my present soaps run out, I noticed Market Goers were really intrigued by the Lemon Fizz, a soap that is benefitting Alex's Lemonade Stand. As you can see, the Market gives back!
We are still working through the jug of homemade Root Beer that we purchased a week ago from the vendors at Oak Shade Cheese. My husband absolutely loves it! Once we are down to the last drop, we are planning on getting some more before it goes out of production for the season! I highly recommend it!
Lastly, I was excited to see all of the BERRIES at the Market this weekend. It was like Berry Season had exploded! Up until now, I had seen some juicy strawberries. This past Saturday, there were several stands of Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries and Blueberries. They looked so great! There were also a few stands with White Corn - but I did not actually get to witness their debut, as the corn was gone INSTANTLY. The only indication of their presence were signs next to empty boxes. What a hit! Hopefully next week I can get my hands on a few ears of corn to serve alongside some grilled meat and veggies.
Between the music, the Berries and the Snow Cones, I would say this 4th of July Market was a celebratory success! The only thing that would have made it better?
...If I had gotten some corn to take home with me. Next time!
There is more to come this weekend, so check back on Friday for this weekend's Market Preview. Have a great week!
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