This morning we head over to the Ashland Farmer's Market. It's the first market of the season, and Stamps is lucky enough to be here for it! At first people give us funny looks (we don't have hedgehogs in Wisconsin) but soon everyone insists on getting to meet our foreign visitor. If there is one thing about Northern Wisconsin that visitors are always taking away, it's that we're pretty friendly folk! We figure the lake makes us patient.
Stamps helps the girls check out the cookies at Chili Joe's Cookies & Confections. He says nothing is better than to follow up a big bowl of steaming chili with a nice melt-in-your-mouth cookie. His cookies are nice and big! Oh, and in the chocolate chip, the first ingredient by weight is CHOCOLATE! Yes!
First he tries out a little "bling" that JW has for sale at the Dyeworks' booth. Then he visits Wallner's Sugar Bush, Lucy's handspun, and takes a moment to inspect some green onions across the aisle. He is keeping an eye on those "HOT!!" pepper plants behind him!
Weaver Crafts is there with some of their amazing pottery and a special treat that they must show Stamps. Hand-carved pipes, they look like they are right out of a fairytale!
No trip to market is complete without popping by The Garlic Man's booth! Sadly, there wasn't any garlic left this morning, but we did still have fun saying "Arugula" and asking for potted "chocolate." Good Times!
Great Oak Farm is one of our favorite stops. Honey, syrup, veggies, herbs, strawberries (the best ever!) chickens, pork, lamb, and eggs. They are their own little supermarket with the added bonus that it's all grown only a few miles out of town! We can't eat anyone else's honey anymore, we're too spoiled. One of these jars came home with us!
Nothing is better after a long morning of shopping than a ten minute chair massage! It must feel good, look at the smile on his face!
Mock Duck, anyone? Handmade tortillas, focaccia, and faux meats. These entrepreneurial vegans were grilling up kebabs right there at market, YUM!
City Heights Gardens' booth is a wall of blooms this time of year. She specializes in flats of annuals along with a few planters. Excellent cut flowers and more perennials are two booths down at Whittlesey Creek. You can always count on picking up some fresh cut flowers at market!
This started out as a handshake, but now they're best friends. Those are jugs of Maple Syrup behind them. 100% Pure, and yes it comes in quarts and gallons! Now it's time to say goodbye to the weed management guys, grab a loaf of Swedish Limpa Rye for the road, and strike a final pose in front of a tie-dye silk banner at Northwoods Dyeworks' booth. We're expected down at the Austin Healy car show, so we'd better get moving!