This past Sunday afternoon the hubby and I spent some time picking up some goodies at the State Farmer’s Market. In keeping with tradition we started by waiting in the famous “ATM line” to get cash at the one and only ATM on property (my husband begged me to take a picture for the blog, but I just wasn’t feeling it). The weather was amazing, the air smelled of strawberries, and it was PACKED!
I’ve never left a trip at the Farmer’s Market without stopping to get a famous, fresh squeezed lemonade. You can get lime, lemon, orange or a combo where they mix all three together. They also mix in cherries and slices of lemon, lime, and orange. It is a $4 delight.
During this trip we picked up a spring lettuce mix, tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, strawberries, and a 16 oz. jar of homemade strawberry preserves. On Monday night, my husband grilled the asparagus over the grill. We often do this with vegetables over the grill: tinfoil wrapped over asparagus that is sprinkled with olive oil, salt, pepper and a little bit of water for steam. Yum!
Right across the street from the State Farmer’s Market is the State Farmer’s Market Restaurant. This place is a true hidden gem in Raleigh that serves fresh, home-cooked meals featuring the produce and meats that are NC-based, providing a place for local farmer’s to showcase their goods. After you have a fresh delicious meal you can walk across the street and buy the actual produce so you can go home and make it yourself.
The decor inside the restaurant is very southern and country inspired, and the waitresses are super sweet, plus they wear cute pink shirts and overalls – I love it! Because they serve breakfast all day my husband got french toast and sausages, while I stuck to my favorite: Garden Fresh Omelet with Home Fries.
Wouldn’t be a trip to the Farmer’s Market without seeing a silly bumper sticker. Only in the South …
Check back Thursday where I’ll recap my visit to the Downtown Farmer’s Market … keeping it fresh this week! xoxo ‘n lols, crystal