Me? Oh, hello there. Well, I’ve been shopping at Bailey’s Farmers’ Market for years, even back when it was just a few tents on an open lot. I one-hundred-percent-guarantee that you can’t get better stuff like corn or eggs or tomatoes – well, so many things - anywhere.
Last week I decided to try a new kind of bread. Sophie, the lady who makes the bread, is so friendly. Let me tell you something: it practically melted on my tongue. I can’t believe how delicious it was. I think I’d better buy another loaf this week just to make sure it’s really that good. We’ll see.
When we were there last Tuesday, my sister, who is mostly a know-it-all-pain-in-my-neck, accused me of flirting with the wildflower man, Abner. So what if I was chatting with him, or trying to at least? He’s nice enough, but he doesn’t say much. He sure knows his way around wildflowers, though.
Now, the fella across the aisle from Abner might be something to flirt with – that is, if I was fifty or so years younger. I think his name is Ian, and boy is he a cutie-pie. He’s got this long dark ponytail and matching dark eyes. He even has a tattoo on his hand. He’s everything my mamma would have wanted me to stay away from, and that’s why I find him so interesting, I suppose.
I think he’s dating that little blond gal named Becca. When she came by to talk to him, those dark eyes of his lit right on up, along with his million-watt smile. It was kind of fun to spy on their conversation, even if it was from just across the aisle.
Becca makes and sells jams and preserves. I bought my first jar of her strawberry jam Tuesday. I haven’t tried it, yet, but I promise you I’ll let her know if she’s doing it right. I’ve done a little canning in my day.
My sister and I love shopping at Bailey’s. The food is fresh and the vendors are friendly and helpful. There’s always something new, and every day feels like an adventure. I hope you have a farmers’ market close to where you live. Oh, and I hope it has some cutie-pie vendors, too.
Monson, South Carolina
FARM FRESH MURDER on shelves now
FRUIT OF ALL EVIL March 2011