It was a cool Spring day that was clear enough to see the green hills and cloudy enough to feel sure the green would stay awhile. Parking can be a little tricky, but I have never parked further than a block or two. As I turned onto Parrott Street my eyes take in the rows of canopies lining both sides of the street. The Elms and the street lights are familiar friends. I smell roast chicken, sausages, breads and maybe just a hint of rain in the air.
My first stop was the Downtown Association’s Booth where Larry Alphin was passing out recipes, smiles, and information on membership. It doesn’t take long before you bump into someone you know and the conversations I overhear in passing are comments and suggestions: which booth has the best strawberries, or “look at this loaf of bread I just bought!”. There were children with balloons asking their mom what in the heck is that vegetable on display. I am not sure her description helped.
At the far end I see admirers commenting on the flowers while I marvel at the size of the brown eggs. More children run by and circle a clown and her cart to watch her twist balloons into swords and bunnies and funny hats. In the vegetable booths the abundance and variety is evidence of the spring we are having. I foresee it getting even better as the weather warms up.
Often there is a performer, but I didn’t stay this time. Kids and dinner. I myself bought some local honey for baking, some fresh Chard and a loaf of rye bread that went perfect with my baked chicken.
The Farmer’s Market will be running every Wednesday from 4-8 PM until October.