Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I blame Rea
I am taking a few days off this week as we have finished school programming for the year (except one Starlab on Friday that has been a scheduling nightmare for a month) and don't start summer programming for 2 weeks. I can really use a wee respite after all of the work/financial drama of May. Today i went to the Catonsville Wednesday farmer's market for the first time. I really like farmer's markets, but this one runs during the day on Wednesday so us working folks are denied the chance. To address that issue, Catonsville has introduced a Sunday market which i plan on hitting this weekend. Anyhoo, it was a nice little market at the Bloomsbury Community Center, with a butcher, a fishmonger, an egg seller, a bakery, 2 nurseries and several produce vendors. I didn't take any pictures cause i was too focused on asparagus. I like to support local businesses, but i also like that the prices are sometimes lower from the farmer than they are from the grocery store. I got broccoli, asparagus, sugar peas, granola bars and eggs. Here is where i blame my cousin. You see, the local farm fresh brown eggs that i bought were definitely NOT cheaper than the grocery, but when i saw the table with the chicken-print tablecloth and the jaunty stuffed chicken sitting next to the cooler all i could think of was I wonder what kind of chickens they have. People, i barely knew that there were different kinds of egg-laying chickens before Rea started her egg business and now i feel compelled to ask what type of chickens laid these eggs. After a lengthy chicken discussion (where the girl selling the eggs said that their chickens are mostly mixed breeds, bred for egg size and color and i was very proud that i could name at least 4 of the gazillion breeds of chickens that Rea owns), i bought a dozen even though they were more expensive than the store; I felt like i owed it to my chicken owning cousin to buy local. So Rea, i am doing my part to sustain local eggeries (what is the word for a place that produces eggs?). Though if you were to move a bit closer than BFE Ohio i would gladly buy them from you instead.