Meet Me at the Market
Anyone that knows me (Betsy), knows that I love farmers' markets! They are one of my absolute favorite places - that perfect combination of fresh produce, artisan baked goods, happy dogs, smiling babies, and usually favorable weather. Walking between the aisles lined with 10 x 10 canopies that are protecting tables that are busting at the seams with things that belong in our tummies.
Now obviously we do have a past with farmers' markets. Not the kind of past that you have with an ex-boyfriend or a parole officer. The kind of past that brings happy memories and connects you to friends that feel like family. Russ & I sold cupcakes at farmers' markets for quite a few years - starting with the Alpharetta Farmers' Market in Alpharetta, GA and transitioning to Pennslyvania farmers' market ranging from Phoenixville, Collegeville, Skippack, and Kennett Square. While we sometimes felt like we had been hit by a cement truck after those scorching hot summer market days while running on what was typically not much sleep, we somehow managed to still love them. Our customers without a doubt made us smile each and every week and getting to know our fellow vendors was one of our favorites. While we might not have a farmers' market to call home since embarking on our full-time RV lifestyle, we most certainly won't let that keep us from exploring markets all across the country. We look forward to meeting many more local farmers and producers and enjoy the fruits of their labor: local produce & culinary delights. One of our favorite websites to find the nearest farmers' market is Local Harvest.
When coming across the Eagleview Farmers' Market that runs each and every Thursday from 3 - 7 PM, I had to quickly verify what day of the week it was. What a lovely feeling it is to not really know what day it is. We joke about each week having 6 Saturdays & 1 Sunday. Russ & I's daily ritual is to say “Today is (day of the week, month, and date) and we are in (City, State). For example: Today is Tuesday, August 23rd and we are in Coatesville, PA. So upon realizing it really was Thursday and the Eagleview Farmers’ Market was in full swing, we popped on over. It was in a lovely little courtyard area along a brick sidewalk. Extra points for great farmers’ market ambience. There was around 25 vendors with a wide range of products that quickly filled our basket as we wandered from vendor tent to vendor tent. We stocked up on gluten-free baked goods from our all-time favorite GF vendor, Rose’s Gluten Free Bakery. We first found them at the Phoenixville Farmers’ Market and were happy to see them on the list at the Eagleview FM. I failed to mention that was the biggest motivator to finding this market. 8 pizza crusts, 1 loaf of bread, a 2-pack of chocolate chip muffins, and 1 pepporini pizza bread later we were able to step away from the table. Our freezer will be a wonderful place for the next few months.
We were also able to load up on several flavors of chèvre from Amazing Acres Goat Dairy - yum, so delicious in scrambled eggs in the morning. But honestly, I could eat that stuff with a spoon. The peaches we picked up from Frecon Farms were incredible. I couldn’t wait to get them ripe and get them on top of my tastebuds. Why does peach season have to be so short? We topped off our market basket with some tomatoes and sweet corn from Old Homestead Farm. The perfect summer combination - corn and tomatoes. Forget the M&M's, here is my bowl of candy this week…..
So very glad for our trip to the market - what a fabulous little gem in Exton! Thanks Eagleview FM!