Friday, June 29, 2012

Farmer's Market Fridays - 6/29/12

Hi.  My name is Amanda.  And I'm a soapaholic.  (Add that to the dictionary, spell check!)  I just can't stop buying soap!!  Hey, there are worse things to be obsessed with than soap, right?  And showering?  And being clean?  And supporting super awesome local businesses?  Definitely.

So today I made my second trip this summer to the Dearborn Farmer's and Artisan Market.  The last time I went was the first day it opened and I wasn't going to buy any soap from Cellar Door Soap Co.  I bought 3 bars.  Today I definitely wasn't going to buy any soap.  I bought 4 bars.  In my defense, I filled up my punch card so I got one free.  And they're 3/$15 so it would be silly not to get 3 more.  Plus there were three new ones that I hadn't smelled yet and one - Orange Clove - that is a leftover seasonal soap and almost sold out.  (Although it turns out I actually bought this last time so now I have two - oops!)  So there ya go - 4 bars of soap.  sigh.  Like I said, people struggle with far worse addictions.

Two light refreshing summer scents.

Don't let the name fool you - there's no honey in Tupelo Honey.  All their soaps are vegan!  It has a nice subtle honey/vanilla/coconut smell.  mmmmm!

There was more produce today than last month, so that was definitely nice to see!  I saw some delicious-looking berries and cherries.  I even saw the first of the peaches today.  I am definitely buying some fruit next week! 

Red spinach
Blueberries and cherries

I visited a new vendor called The Granola Tree.  They sell natural peanut butter, almond butter, jam, granola, oatmeal, and coconut.  (Not all of their products are vegan so check the labels.)  I bought a carrot cake jam that is absolutely amazing.  You would not believe how much it tastes like carrot cake!  I can't wait to try it out on toast and maybe even to stir it into some oatmeal.  They have some other interesting flavors of jams and some unique peanut butter flavors, as well.  (Again, a few have milk so check.)

It was such a beautiful morning to stroll through the market and talk to vendors.  I was feeling pretty good after yoga and my Venti iced coffee and oatmeal from Starbucks.  I even stopped to get my blood pressure checked.  (The nurse looked rather lonely and seemed to want some company so I figured I'd pay her a visit.)  She was laughing at how excited I was to have it checked.  When she checked it she knew why - 100/76.  Wahoo!  Then I got a free tote bag.  Bonus!  You know how teachers love free tote bags!  

And here's the produce I bought today:

squash, kohlrabi, and asparagus
massive bunch of kale

So that's been my morning.  It's going to be another hot one so I better get outside now for a little yard work before it gets too much hotter.  After that I'll certainly need to take a shower.  Hmmm . . . which soap will I use today???

Are you as obsessed with handmade soap as I am?



  1. I was there this morning too! I love seeing all the new vendors and knowing that I am helping support local businesses. I am not soap obsessed(although the Cellar Door soaps smelled awesome!) but I may be a little addicted to Margo's Nuts! Have you tried them? Last week I bought the Southwest slivered almonds, which were awesome on grilled veggies and in my salads. This week, I decided to go sweet and try the Honey Maple, perfect for my oatmeal! I also spent a fair amount of time at the Granola Tree sampling all the jams and came home with a Chipotle Melon Jam and a barley salad mix. Can't wait to try my new products!

    1. Hi Julie! Thanks for commenting! Sounds like you got some awesome stuff. I haven't tried Margo's Nuts. They sound delicious. I'll have to take a look at them next week and see if any of them are made without honey. I will definitely be revisiting The Granola Tree! Hopefully one of these weeks I'll run into you at the market! :)

  2. I bought that giant bouquet of red spinach and used it for dining room decor before cooking it tonight. I braised it with a little olive oil, onions, red pepper flakes, just enough water and Braggs Liquid Aminos. It made a colorful side of tender dark green leaves shot through with purple.

    1. That sounds like a nice simple side dish. I'm glad it was as tasty as it was beautiful!