With the bees and flea beetles already hard at work, I began evaluating my vegetables.
I looked over my vegetables, scrutinizing them in a way that I have never done before. This was my first farmer's market and I want to bring the best produce with me.
This Italian silver rib chard has possibilities.
But, wow, the scarlet Charlotte chard is sure to please the market goers with it's sexy, red veining.
These little bibb lettuce could be harvested now and bagged up to sell young.
But, these prize head lettuce are ready to go.
I'm a little too late for this broccoli. When the temperatures start to rise, my broccoli, including this purple variety, start to flower. It's interesting that it has the same yellow flowers as the green broccoli. I guess I was expecting purple.
These Brussels sprouts won't make it to market. I love these little guys and eat them as fast as I can harvest them. My favorite method is to stir fry in a shallow pan with a little olive oil and garlic until they are well caramelized. Yum!
With my vegetable selections made, I loaded up the car and posed for a photo op.
I'm excited. This is my first farmers market.
The Hope Farmer's Market is a lovely venue designed like a little Mexican plaza. I absolutely love this fountain.
The market is located in east Austin at 5th and Comal. Parking is free and the atmosphere is relaxed and super friendly.
Farmer's markets are like little neighborhood fairs and this one is no exception. The market has so much to offer from clothing and jewelry to some of the best eats in town. I even saw gourmet dog food. I bet my pups would love that.
The Yard to Market Co-op doesn't have their own farm stand yet, so today we will be selling via the consignment stand.
Look! Someone's buying my dinosaur kale. How fun!
The next step is to offer my eggs for sale via the Yard to Market online store. These eggs are almost too pretty to eat. I bet they taste even better when they're boxed up in their spiffy new egg cartons.
It's official. I'm a "backyard" farmer.