Spring by Kathryn White

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Farmers Market Day

I left early this morning to meet up with my eldest daughter, K, who was just getting off night shift. Although it was still cool, cloudy and overcast, the sun made an effort to break through, making the sky look stunning!
We arrived together at the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market and were greeted by many booths displaying an abundance of fruit and vegetables as well as vendors selling a variety of merchandise.
I bought my first rhubarb of the season. Can you spot the rhubarb on this display?
I could not resist this gorgeous display of flowers and bought three large bouquets:
(a great deal)

More vendors with fruit and vegetables:

There are musicians at every corner. Most of them are students who are making an effort to earn more money toward their university tuition. My daughter really enjoyed this young man's music as he was so talented and had the ability to play several instruments at the same time. He was very innovative in his approach and played great bluegrass music:

We made a stop at La Casbah in the market for take-out lunch which we enjoyed in the sunshine!

"Moroccan cuisine is home to some of the most tantalizing food imaginable with its sweet and spicy combinations, and its exciting use of cumin and coriander, saffron, ginger and cinnamon, chilies and turmeric, olives and preserved limes. "
We ordered the Mahajeb (semolina pancake stuffed with spinach and feta cheese) served with salad and hummus....so good!
I also purchased their spicy pita chips to go along with their roasted red pepper dip:

We took our bikes along and spent the afternoon exploring another great cycle trail. The weather turned out to be sunny and warm with temperatures going up to 27'c, again unbelievable for April. The farmers were all out in full force doing field work and making the most of this weather before the expected rains tomorrow.
We arrived home again later in the afternoon to wind down and relax with a cup of tea and apple fritters. The rhubarb and apple squares are a treat for the company we will be receiving on the weekend. (click photos to enlarge, double click for full screen)