This morning in Apex, North Carolina was absolutely beautiful, the perfect day to walk around historic downtown and support the local Apex Farmers Market.
I always love parking by the caboose and thinking back on the days of my boys playing on it along with all of the many visitors we have taken to see it. The old town fire department’s truck was shining in the bright sun and the flag at half mast served as a reminder of the past few days in Boston and how much we have to be thankful for each day that we breathe and spend time with people we love.
We did buy some great stuff. We found some German mustard made locally in Apex and some honey too.
While all of the people selling their foods and such were friendly and helpful, the boy from Queen B Farms was my favorite. He informed us that he owns the chickens on his farm, takes care of them and collects the eggs. He taught us to carry our free range chicken by the meat and not the plastic to ensure that the seal stays in tact. There is something special about a kid who is proud of his family, what they do and acts with such respect, responsibility and helpfulness. To learn more about Queen B Farms, they have a website.
We also bought a vegetable that is new to me…swiss chard. I can’t wait to test it in a recipe and determine whether or not it is to become a favorite. I love the colors and am hopeful that I will love the flavor too. Don’t Grandma Helen and Ryp look adorable showing off our find.
On the way out of town but still on Salem Street is Carden Farms with their own Farmers Market so we stopped there too. I always love their awesome selection of antiques, hand carved art, vegetables, meats and assorted other hand-made items. They are truly a special part of our downtown shopping.
Grandma Helen bought some pasta that is made really close by in Holly Springs, NC. I am thinking that the carved pig might be one of the cutest things I have seen in quite a while.
If you have a local gathering of farmers or artisans, I hope you make your way to them and support their efforts to continue to grow and create in our fast food world of rushing around and so many unhealthy options. In my mind, the farmers and these small business owners are heroes amongst us.
And now, time to find a recipe for swiss chard.