I’ve promised an update on our local Farmer’s Market, and here it is. This all started this morning around 8AM, when Mr. Mike Rupprecht called. He’s the husband half of Earth Be Glad Farm in Lewiston, MN. He called to tell me that my chickens were ready, and I could pick them up at the Farmer’s Market (last year we drove over to the farm to pick them up).
After my morning coffee, I got on my shopping bike with my wallet and bags, and rode to the Farmer’s Market. The picture above shows that the number of vendors has more than doubled since I last documented a visit.
Here is Johanna Rupprecht, on the left, Mike and Jennifer’s daughter, who helped me out, shortly after I took this photo. Mike is on the other end of the table, helping many customers. Jennifer’s arm is visible between them, lifting the freezer lid. The Rupprechts’ specialty is grass fed beef, but they raise the chickens each year, and Jennifer makes lovely bouquets to sell, too. Her gardens were one of the real treats of visiting the farm last summer.
I had ordered 8 chickens, but I came home with 10, since Mike said they had a few extras, and not much freezer space. Most of these chickens are much bigger than what you see in the supermarket- these averaged 6-8 lbs. We only got 4 last year, and we were really bummed when they were all gone. Now that we’ve got a big freezer, we may have one left when it gets cold.
We loaded up my bags that I have in my bike basket, Johanna jotted up my total, and I wrote a check. A colleague of my husband and avid gardener came up to the stand while I was writing, and asked about my baskets.. This is what’s fun about the farmer’s market- friendly interchange.
I got these friends to take a picture of my bike, which was by then rather challenging to balance, with about 80 lbs. of chickens in the baskets.
I did manage to get myself to another booth, run by Shao, who is from La Crosse, WI.
Not only does Shao sell vegetables ( I bought two bunches of garlic scapes), she also makes beautiful bouquets. Note the price. Florists should be scared!
After the brief ride home, I stuffed all but one of the chickens into the freezer, deciding that Beer Can Chicken would be a perfect 4th of July dinner.