Now, I have been to Eastern Market before but with no regularity. This past Saturday was my first christening of the season. Because I am baking all the time now and because I am a health-conscious vegan, eating lots of fruit and veggies, I am going to try and make going to the market on Saturdays a habit of mine. I probably will not go every Saturday but I will shoot for every other. My friend, Tyler, with whom I went to the Raw Cafe in Detroit, is a huge fan of the city and I know he would be game for any spur-of-the-moment Eastern Market runs. I went with him this past Saturday.
We arrived at about a quarter to 8:00 and already there was nowhere to park. We drove around for about ten minutes before we finally found a space. We must have asked, like, six people if they were leaving and all answered, albeit politely, no. I learned these market-goers mean business: multiple trips to and from their cars, bringing carts and trays with them, the works.
I brought my camera with me, super excited to take pictures that I could upload to my blog but be it the excitement of the market or my scatterbrained-ness, I forgot. I did, however, manage to take pictures of my purchases after I got home. That very same day I made pasta with the delicious, fresh, LOCAL ingredients I purchased: asparagus, zucchini, leaf lettuce, spinach, thyme.
I also purchased a carton of strawberries from the market but they ended up being kind of tart. They didn't even look all that sweet and juicy but because I was told at another farmers' market that strawberry season was almost over, I thought I needed to snatch some up. I remember thinking at the time, though, that strawberry season was in June but I did not trust my own judgement. As a result, I bought pre-season, sub-par strawberries.
Oh well. Live and learn. The strawberries will not go to waste though. I made a sorbet and as I type this, it is in the freezer, freezing ;)