It was a glorious day for the City Market – and besides not needing rain boots, an umbrella, or gloves this morning, I was able to walk to 104 Street, along lush, grass-lined paths and under the generous shade of trees just bursting with green.
The crowds were back, mirroring the opening weekend in their numbers and frenzy for fresh produce.
And, they’re back!
Patrons and vendors alike seemed to be in a lighter mood with the fair weather, though I have to say I did have an unfortunate run-in with a steely-eyed gentleman who thought I was encroaching on his morel territory at the Mo-Na Foods booth (some people take their mushrooms seriously, I guess).
Morels and chanterelles
I was happy to run into a few familiar faces, including BruleeBlog, who shared the same instincts to make a run to the Edgar Farms booth first. We both checked out a new vendor, called A Taste of Brazil, with curiosity. Just in time for the start of the World Cup, they offer several Brazilian sweets, and while I was busy taking a photo, BruleeBlog overheard the staff say they will be opening up a Brazilian restaurant located somewhere downtown in September.
A Taste of Brazil
I’m really looking forward to the next month – with all of the rain (and with luck, sunshine), new produce items should be showing up every week.
Beautiful onion bunches from Kuhlmann’s
Lovage (used mostly as an herb) from Sundog Organics
In addition to the asparagus, I also picked up some heirloom tomato plants for my Mum from Inspired Market Gardens (they carry over a dozen varieties!), duck eggs and mixed heritage greens from Greens, Eggs and Ham, rhubarb from Sundog Organics, and cookies from Confetti Sweets.
Heirloom tomato plants from Inspired Market Gardens
Mixed heritage greens from Greens, Eggs and Ham
Next week, the second cultural festival of the season will take place, with Portuguese dances and other performances to look forward to. See you there!