Logan Square Farmers Market 2011

The first weekend of the Logan Square Farmers Market was the weekend I was in Wisconsin, so I missed it… but I made up for it this past Saturday. It’s still early in the season and this has been such a cold wet year. There were a lot of strawberries and tomatoes, lettuce and potted plants.. but not a ton of produce yet. I ended up getting more prepared foods than produce.

Also, at the River Valley Kitchens stand, they accept credit cards with one of those Square iPhone add-ons. I’ve seen them online, but not in person. Seconds after he ran my card I got this receipt texted to me:

Here’s everything I got: Rare Bird strawberry rhubarb preserves ($9), River Valley Kitchens 5-Cheese Garlic Spread ($8), River Valley Kitchens cherry vanilla granola ($6), Crumb olive focaccia bun ($3), Crumb asparagus feta ricotta bun ($3), Golden Rise sourdough ($7), Brockway Farms lettuce ($3), Lyons Fruit Farm strawberries ($6).

Rare Bird Preserves

This year the Logan Square farmers market is the biggest it’s ever been. One of my favorite new stands has to be Rare Bird Preserves. I talked to the people working the stand a few times. They make all their preserves by hand in a commercial kitchen in Oak Park.

I started out by getting these strawberry rhubarb preserves. They’re so delicious and I don’t even care for rhubarb that much, but found that it added a great tartness and countered the sweetness of the strawberry. On another visit to the market I picked up two more flavors of Rare Bird preserves: Lemon Blueberry and Peach Lavender. I sampled these before I bought them and they were so delicious. I can’t wait to crack them open and start using them at home.

P.S. Check out what these entrepreneuring young boys were selling on the boulevard next to the market:

I wonder which one of them is named Emil! ha

Logan Square Farmers Market, Roscoe Village Garden Walk, Burger Fest & Soccer

On Sunday morning I met up with Jess for a quick run through the Logan Square Farmers Market. I was having problems finding a parking spot for my bike, when I ran into my coworker Jeff and his wife Khloe. They had a booth and let me lock my bike there, so problem solved! At the Farmers Market I knew what I needed: tomatoes, lettuce and berries, so I pretty much got it and left. I was also keeping my eye out for Rare Bird Preserves, but I don’t think they had a stand this week. Oh well. Maybe next week. I purchased their rhubarb/strawberry preserves at the market a few weeks ago and we just cracked them open. So good!

I rode by The Rocking Horse, around the corner from the market, and noticed they now have a pole sticking out of the building, and the pole basically is up the arse of a rocking horse. Do not like! You’re telling me the huge sign that says “The Rocking Horse” was not enough? They literally had to attach a big rocking horse to the building?

After the farmers market I headed to Roscoe Village. Jen and Quinn and I went to a few houses on the Roscoe Village Garden Walk and went to Roscoe Village Burger Fest, which was just a few blocks from their house on Belmont between Damen and Leavitt.

Burger Fest had a large kids section that we took Quinn to. Unicoi Art Studio, a children’s art school located on Belmont and Hoyne, had a booth where kids could do free art projects. Quinn made a beard & mustache on a stick!

Quinn also went on a few inflatable bouncy things.. a pirate ship and a kind of maze one with a climbing wall and slide at the end. They probably had like 6 of these structures set up, but they were charging $3 to do on each one, which is a total rip off. There were a bunch of kids having melt downs because they wanted to go on every thing and you had to buy a $3 ticket for each one, which a lot of parents, including Jen, were not going to do!

After this we decided to get lunch. We tried sliders from The Bad Apple and Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro. The Bad Apple definitely had the better burger, but Mrs. Murphy’s won us over with Guinness ice cream! Since we were having lunch by the ponies, Quinn wanted to take a ride after lunch. I always feel a bit sorry for ponies that just walk in circles all day. I don’t think they have a good life, but they sure do make kids happy.

I walked around the circle with Quinn. We talked about which pony was his favorite and how soft the pony’s hair is. Quinn asked “What is that smell?” (poop) and “Why did we stop?” (pony pooped). We talked about what a Buzz Lightyear obsessed boy might name a pony (Buzz Ponyyear or Pony Lightyear or Buzz Lightpony). I tried to avoid questions like “what is that down there?!?!” (while pointed between the boy pony’s legs).

On the way home we stopped off at a few houses to check out their gardens. When we got back to Jen and Chad’s there were 10 or 12 friends gathered in the outside living room to watch the soccer game. Jen and Chad’s house was part of the Roscoe Village Garden Walk so all afternoon they had visitors coming in to look at the yard and then asking what the score of the game was! Spain won, which I guess is good because Brian had put money on them for Dallas when he is in Vegas so he should be getting some kind of pay out. Later on we went back to the fest til it rained, then played cards in Jen and Chad’s garage til it stopped raining, and then went back to the fest to see the Gin Blossoms until it thunderstormed and then we left, thoroughly soaked.