Who is Annie? Well, I am Annie, and here’s a little background on why I write this blog.
As the eldest of eight children, I have fond memories of our family raising or growing our own food in a variety of ways. Sometimes we just had a vegetable garden, some places we lived had fruit and/or nut trees. Sometimes we raised livestock: chickens for their eggs , rabbits goats and/or sheep for meat. I can remember eating homemade jams and jellies, home canned fruit and tomatoes and lots of fresh veggies and fruit. There were homemade soups for dinner and homemade biscuits for breakfast. Nothing came from a box except Cream of Wheat or Oatmeal. Baking items like, cookies and, cakes were made from scratch.
Living my early years in this way helped to lay the ground work for the period of my life when I married and raised our son. I was a stay-at-home mom, cooking our meals from scratch using skills I had gained as a young girl. We had a large freezer and we stocked it with meat from the local butcher. I made pies (and sometimes jams when fruit was in season) and froze them. Sometimes I canned tomatoes and fruit. I kept a vegetable garden. Sometimes it was just a couple of tomato plants and zucchini. Sometimes it was pretty elaborate. One year I even grew lima beans. And then lo and behold, one day many many years ago, my sister invited me to the Farmers Market to help sell the eggs from her ranch’s laying hens. “Sure,” I said. That first Farmers’ Market had only a few vendors and wasn’t organized like the Farmers’ markets of today. I didn’t know it, but it was the beginning of my lifelong passion for fresh and local foods direct from the farmers who grew or raised them. It didn’t take long for me to start letting the farmers do the growing and I would just show up on Saturday with my basket, choosing from the abundance they provided.
I have been in love with Farmers Markets for over thirty years now and that love has only grown deeper with each year’s passing. Wherever I travel I check to see if there’s a Farmers Market open during my visit, and if there is you can bet I’ll be there. I have been to markets that have only three or four tables, and I have been to ones that go on for blocks. In my eyes, they are all wonderful.
Through this blog I will share my passion for Farmers’ Markets and related topics of interest. I hope that you will find it informative and enjoyable. If you have thoughts to share I would love to hear from you. Hope to see you at the Farmers Market.