Yesterday dawned warm and sunny – a perfect summery day. Mark and I decided to take a trip downtown to the Toledo Farmers’ Market. (It is approximately a 25 minute drive from our home in southeast Michigan.)
The market is located on Market Street in the Warehouse District. (Read more about it here.) This was only my second time at the market and I had a long list of produce I needed to buy. Though not overly large or grand, the market is a feast for the eyes and the tummy! Since it was early in the season, not all the booths were occupied, but it was fairly full and very busy. It was nice to see so many people downtown.
There was a wonderful array of products on display and a rainbow of colors everywhere I looked. Of course there was produce.
And flowers everywhere.
And delicious artesian breads. We bought some bread from this booth – it was beer bread made with ale from the Maumee Bay Brewing Company – another downtown Toledo business and one of our favorite restaurants.
We purchased the parmesan black pepper bread and it was sooooooo good! Our daughter and son-in-law had invited us to dinner in the evening – ribs and sausage-stuffed pork loin cooked in the smoker – and this bread was a very good accompaniment. It was pricey, but worth the splurge.
There was a lovely rainbow of handmade scarves.
I never knew there were so many varieties of basil!
When we had purchased all our produce and the tote bag was getting heavy, we sat down for a little break with some fresh blueberry-lemon scones. Sad to say, but my scone photo was the best of the day.
(Yes, I had already taken a bite off the end before I decided I should take a picture! 🙂 )
I have been trying to read up on photography. I borrowed two books from the library and purchased a guide on my Kindle. I also created a Pinterest board and have been pinning lots of photography “cheat sheets” to help me understand things better. Unfortunately for me, I’m not understanding it better yet. It’s just not sinking in. And the truth is, I don’t have an artistic eye. It’s just not there. So, maybe I can learn, maybe I can’t. Maybe I’ll never been very successful at blog photography or landscapes. Only time will tell. Hopefully those that know and love me will stick with me through this process.
After our scone we went to the Libbey Glass outlet. Libbey Glass is a Toledo hallmark, and Toledo has a long history of glassmaking. If you are bored and don’t have anything better to do, here is an interesting Wikipedia article about Edward Libbey and Toledo glassmaking.
The outlet is another feast for the eyes, with lovely colors and patterns everywhere.
We were able to purchase a couple of items to be used as gifts. Our arms laden with glassware and vegetables, we headed to our vehicle and started for home. On the way home we passed a huge art fair going on across from the Toledo Museum of Art, but Mark wouldn’t stop. Traffic was very congested and parking looked to be a horror, so he kept driving. I admit, I was a bit disappointed. Funny, but several years ago when I was in the throes of severe panic disorder (something that ravaged my life for almost 17 years), I could never stop at something like that on a whim. Now, I was sad to miss the opportunity. God is good!
After our market trip, I was able to hang three loads of laundry to dry on the clothesline and drank water from my Tupperware Eco-bottle, so I was feeling quite environmentally sensitive today! And later, I got to enjoy some fall-off-the-bone ribs – one of my favorite foods! Yep, it was pretty much a perfect day!