A few Saturdays this summer have been spent just the way I like them: meet up with my friend Erin to head to the farmer's market and snag a cinnamon roll at Bliss Bakery afterward. I haven't gotten to experience this routine nearly as much as I'd have liked to. I can't believe it is already mid August!!
But Erin & I have both been anxiously awaiting the farmer's market's fruit season and it is upon us FINALLY. She and I have each gotten some good finds in the meantime, though we've both been extremely busy this summer so our farmer's market runs have been sparse to say the least. Anyway, now we're finally coming together again and I'm certain we're going to find an abundance of the fruit of our labors. (Get the fruit pun?!)
This is our routine: we find a parking space, if there is one to be had - avoiding the pay garage if at all possible, though it's not always possible. Then we start at the end of the market near 10th & Jackson and work our way through, going counter clockwise. We check out all the booths before we make a purchase. We like to know what each other is looking for so we can both be scouting the best product for the best price. After we've made the circuit, we go back to the booths that we've selected as our top contenders.
My favorite farmer's market finds: cucumbers, tomatoes (if I can't get them through family & friends, which is indeed the case this year due to our weird, tomato-unfriendly weather patterns), zucchini (same exception applies), summer squash, melons - especially black diamond - and pork burgers. Yep, pork burgers. They are cheap & delicious. And I grew up on them. (Jake's not as big a fan, though I've turned several friends and their families onto them as well.)
After we've made all the purchases we can stand or spent all our cash, we head over to Bliss Bakery on 11th & Jones, one block south of the market area. We purchase our enormous cinnamon rolls, sometimes splitting one due to the massive proportions. Erin usually takes one home to her hubby too, though my hubby's gluten free diet doesn't allow them and I don't want to tempt him. Those rolls would definitely send him over the edge.
Today I'm making an exception to that rule. Today our husbands and a few extended family members (my brother's wedding was yesterday - CONGRATS TO ALEX & KRISTINA SMITH!!! - so we have extra family still in town who are also lovers of Bliss) are joining us. So I'm allowing him at least one of the gooey, delicious rolls to enjoy & savor. It might be his last one for awhile.
What's your perfect Saturday morning activity?