Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Farmer's Markets are Evil

I went in to get six ears of corn. I came out with:

  • half a litre of maple syrup
  • one pkg. soft all-butter ginger cookies
  • half a dozen fresh-baked tea biscuits, a perfect vehicle for the ...
  • ... two kinds of homemade jam (raspberry and strawberry-rhubarb).

I got all the way to the car before a store employee came running out after me, carrying the full bag of corn I had left in the cart.

45 comments:

Florinda said...

I've so been there myself! Something similar happens to me at Trader Joe's, too. Enjoy your goodies, though - and glad you didn't leave without the corn!

Jenny said...

I always walk out and realize I haven't paid. The police never understand.

Also, I thought I'd come up here and confess that when I was hanging out with all the toronto chick at blogher they mentioned that you were Canadian and I was all, "No, she lives in London, England, idiots." Then they laughed at me. A lot.

Emily said...

Yeah, well I wouldn't have left with so much.

I would have eaten the cookies before I got out of the market.

Magpie said...

Mmm - I always get too much, too.

Lady M said...

I sent a little tiny giftie for you with Kimberly (Solo Mom). We'll have to meet sometime in the future!

Aliki2006 said...

But it feels good to leave a Farmer's Market loaded down with things, unlike the way I feel when I overspend at Target. Blech.

b*babbler said...

And this is the precise reason why my husband prefers that I do not go to the Farmer's Market alone. Somehow I always end up with way too many berries/peaches/nectarines/etc etc.

But oh, so so delicious!

Alpha DogMa said...

I can't do farmer's markets. I feel so guilty when I don't buy something from every single vendor. I much prefer my commerce to be impersonal. But those ginger cookies sound divine.

mamakie said...

Yum! Farmer's markets always have so many goodies you don't see in the grocery store....baked good in particular. We don't have one here, but I'm sure if I was still in the big city I'd be there all the time.

Enjoy!

Omaha Mama said...

Yummmm...

I do that a lot of places. Leaving with buyer's remorse is all part of the shopping experience for me. I now want ginger snaps, pronto.

Jennifer said...

Mmmm. The Farmer's Market. Mmmm.

JMA said...

During the summer months, I am at the Farmer's Market once, sometimes twice a week. Farmers in my area love me; my bank account, however, is no longer speaking to me. Meh. I would rather spend time with a fresh, juicy peach, any day.

ewe are here said...

heh heh

My kind of booty.

:-)

Kyla said...

We did laugh at Jenny. A lot. She's so silly.

I've never been to a Farmer's Market. Gasp! But your post has really made me want to. Syrup? Cookies? Jam?! This is where I want to be!

Becky said...

I'm thinking that if you've got to go somewhere inherently evil, the Farmer's Market is a pretty darn good evil place to go.

Tea biscuits with raspberry jam.... yum!

slouching mom said...

Ooh. The ginger cookies. And the jam.

(shyly) Can I come over to your place sometime? I think you're a foodie like me. We'd have fun together. And probably gain weight. But at least we'd have fun.

(We bought some lingonberry jam at IKEA last time we were there, and it was divine. Tart, and sweet, and tart again.)

bubandpie said...

Jenny, Kyla - Okay, this is the fun way to do BlogHer recaps. Everyone come here and tell me what they said about me!

Emily - Believe me, Pie and I were both chowing down at the free sample table.

SM - If by "foodie like me" you mean "the kind who never actually makes the homemade food herself but buys up homemade goodies like they're going out of style" then yes! Come on over!

Beck said...

We don't have farmer's markets around here, but we do have adorable Mennonite children hawking pies and cookies on the side of the road, which means that BY LAW I am obligated to stop and spend a minimum of $20. It's the LAW.

Mimi said...

Well, really, who can keep track of the vegetables where there's cookies and jam and maple syrup? Honestly. How silly.

jen said...

yes, but it's all local and organic so really, how can it matter. good for you.

Catherine said...

That actually happens to me at ALL food stores...*sigh*

Karen said...

jam! oh, I love the Farmer's market, I really do!

Christine said...

i almost had to be restrained from buying some fancy pants honey the other day at our market!

Sober Briquette said...

I totally bought the fancy pants honey and fudge, but nothing remotely healthy last week.

Imagine my shame tonight when my daughter asked for some fudge for a treat and I had to 'fess up that I had eaten it all.

All of it?

Well, yes, you didn't ask for it again soon enough, so I thought you forgot and I sooooo had not forgetten about it. That kind of gone.

Each week, I've been out there, hoping to stumble upon a decent farmer's market, but the fact is, there are not farmers in CT.

bubandpie said...

If there had been fancy pants honey, I totally would have bought that too. (Wanting now to go back and check. Maybe I just missed the organic wildflower honey aisle.)

Lawyer Mama said...

Oh that's sounds soooo familiar! The baked breads & homemade jams are my downfall. Damn them for being so tasty!

Jenifer said...

That happens to me at Wal-mart!

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

Evil ... and expensive. The farmer's market here sells blueberries for $4 a pint.

FOUR DOLLARS A PINT! That's like three fistfulls of blueberries! If you pick them yourself, they're a dollar a pound. (Of course, to pick them myself, I'd have to drive 120 miles.)

Kimberly said...

This is why I cannot go to the market downtown. Go for fresh peaches, leave with homemade chocolate, fresh cheeses, meat, farm fresh veggies...which wouldn't be so bad if I hadn't already been grocery shopping AND had to cart it all home on the bus.

Jenny, I wish you'd said that to me. I'm from London "England" too!

Aimee said...

Oh, so that explains the blueberry pie, the wild clover honey, and the farmstand fudge that ended up in my basket. And here I just thought I couldn't control myself!

kgirl said...

sounds devine. we always succumb to the luscious goods at the farmers' market.

Luisa Perkins said...

So evil they're goooooood.

Bon said...

hungry now. snack wanted.

just remember the local market is open on Wednesdays...which is today...i blame you for the brownies i am already devouring in my workaday fantasies.

NotSoSage said...

What's worse is that you feel so *virtuous* when you spend too much, what with all the push for locally grown produce. It's hard to feel bad about being so good.

cry it out! said...

They're like target in a way -- inescapable without debt.
Mike

bren j. said...

Your farmer's market sounds like a cornucopia of goodness! Last time we were at the one here, it was five trucks selling strawberries or turnip greens. Take your pick.

Angela said...

YUM!

radical mama said...

Mmmm. We just got home from our farmers market. Sweet corn soup for dinner!

Rock the Cradle said...

People get downright feral at our farmer's market.

Don't even THINK about getting in between some of these ladies and their corn. Or tomatoes.

And they will kill...KILL for the last pint of raspberries.

Quite frankly, so would I.

Julie Pippert said...

Oh aren't they?

I ALWAYS come away with more, and pie, too.

Julie
Ravin' Picture Maven

thirtysomething said...

Rubharb Jam. Yum. We love our Farmer's Market too,and of course always come away with so many more yummies than we set out to buy.

Mommy off the Record said...

I never take more than twenty dollars in cash to the farmer's market anymore because I know I'll spend a total fortune on the goodies otherwise. Who can say "no" to heriloom tomatoes? Who? I bought tomatoes at 3 different stands last weekend! And don't even get me started on the pastries...

Susanne said...

Well, I wander through there repeating my mantra, "Stick to the list, stick to the list, stick to the list." I'm allowed one item more than that. Maybe two.

Patois said...

Better to have that experience in a good place like a farmer's market than in the evil Target or Costco or, for the Englanders, Asda!

Kelly said...

Yes, the baked goods, the blueberries, the iced coffee, the seedless watermelon, the apple butter, the summer squash, the peach cider, the fresh cheese and eggs, when all I went for was a few tomatoes!