At Kerrytown Farmer’s Market
The veggies, flowers and baked goods filled farm stands with natural beauty. I was so busy deciding what to buy, and figuring out how to show some restraint, I didn’t take the pictures I would have liked. Still, here is a bit of the flavor of the place. People crowded the aisles. And vendors piled their wares into lovely displays.
There were mums in all sizes. Many as beautiful and more so than these.
I bought a few Honeycrisp Apples. When I got home and ate the first one, I realized I had forgotten how very crisp a fresh apple can be.
I couldn’t resist these stripped yellow/red small tomatoes. They are the perfect compliment to so many foods. And some lovely butter lettuce leaped into my bag.
People chatter, answer questions, and help each other out. It’s that soft murmur of folks enjoying their day. Cars go slowly, looking to find parking. I appreciated the soothing sounds, no crashes or bangs.
At the Famous Zingerman’s Deli
Zingerman’s interesting small buildings cluster across the street and down about a block from the market. Zingerman’s was even more crowded with people buying and eating than the market. But not too crowded for my friend and I to buy goodies and purchase a delicious lunch, sturdy fresh bread stuffed and piled high with deliciousness, a Rueben for her and chicken salad with bacon for me.
I wonder what would tempt you? The choices are many, the customers wait patiently. People are always so polite at Zingerman’s. The staff leads by example.
Here is detail from a sign on the outside wall of the building where we waited in line. Zingerman’s distinctive art welcomes buyers in signs and pamphlets. I could go there just to read. Maybe….
Cheese and olives feed the soul. I always head to that counter first. Here I was able to find the Castelvetrano Olives I liked so much in a Blue Apron order. They were divine with Gruyere cheese that disappeared before I could get a picture. I also bought a Wisconsin cheese, Bleu Mont Dairy Lehner’s Upland Experiment. When I tasted it I thought it interesting and not too strong. (You can sample anything at Zingerman’s.) Willi Lehner is the cheesemaker at this dairy in Blue Mounds, WI. I visited once and it was closed. So it seemed serendipity that when I asked for a Wisconsin cheese, the young pretty staff member offered this. I’m not sure what I will do with this earthy cheese; well, I know I will eat it.
I also purchased Arkansas Peppered Bacon, a favorite, and half a loaf of Peppered Parmesan Bread. Look closely at this picture and you will see the huge chunks of cheese inside the bread slice.
BLT and tuna with butter lettuce and tomato, oh so crunchy and good with this bread when toasted. The contrasting textures make these ingredients fit together in an almost supernatural way. Yes, the bread and bacon are both peppery but a nice contrast to lettuce, tomato and tuna, or whatever you want to put atop a slice.
A heart-felt thank-you to the friend who went along on this outing. It was an end-of-the-summer celebration of good tastes and yummy food smells.
www.a2gov.org will take you to a page for the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market
Ann Arbor, the home of the well-known University of Michigan is located about 40 miles west of Detroit. (The mileage is my estimate. It was about a 35-40 minutes drive for my friend and I.)