One of the blessings we enjoy in Iowa is the abundance of locally grown food. Obviously, California has far more salad type items but Iowa has a nice balance of produce, fresh organic beef, chicken, and pork, as well as many baked goods made by farm wives and Amish bakers. Nobody needs to go hungry in Iowa!
There is also a refreshing mix of cultures in this area. Iowa City is the most diverse community in this state thanks to the University of Iowa. We have virtually all nationalities represented in this relatively small area. The farmer’s market reflects the rich diversity. Though there are many larger markets, none in this area is more diverse.
I visited the vendors today and wanted to share some pictures and descriptions of what there was to see and do.
Today I decided to get a new tie dyed shirt. The local artist, Mary, makes the most beautiful garments. With the onset of cold weather, I bought both a long and short sleeved shirt. I’m also going to order one for a Christmas present for my sister. Tie dye is soothing to look at. So many people have complimented the tie dye shirts purchased from Mary’s company, Dyed Happy. She is as colorful and fun as the shirts she makes. Talking with her is a sheer delight.
From Mary’s booth I immediately went to the spring roll people. There is an Oriental older man and woman who make the best spring rolls in the world. They are the type that is rolled in rice paper and are not fried. Talk about healthy. I always get the peanut dipping sauce along with a little dash of hot sauce. What a treat!
Okay, so I ate four of them but it was worth a little bump in blood sugar. There are a lot of worse things to eat! Carb counting doesn’t apply at Farmer’s market.
The next stop was to get some cheese. There is a small farm about twenty minutes from where I live. They milk their own cows and make homemade cheese. I bought some mozzarella cheese curds to snack on. Though not completely low in fat, there is a lot of protein and they are quite tasty. Here is a picture of the booth from the folks with the awesome cheeses…