This week I am writing from Scotland. While I am traveling, discovering a new gorgeous country, I wanted to highlight one of my favorite weekend activities.
Few things bring me more joy than a well put together farmers market. The right balance of local produce, organic products, flowers, and meats is enough to put a spring in my step on a Saturday morning. Columbus has markets popping up all over. While my favorite is the Worthington market, the new Dublin market is close on its heels.
I met my mom and brother at the Dublin market recently with no expectations. It is a relatively small group, only taking up one street, but it is well thought out.
Almost instantly I felt my money burning a hole in my pocket and knew there was going to be some purchases. I bought Honey Orange lip balm from The Cat and the Raven who also sell gorgeous handmade soaps. Their website is not active for some reason so I cannot link it here. I got two delicious mixers, pomegranate mule and blood orange, from Simple Times Mixers. I have already used the blood orange to make delicious margaritas.
You know I cannot pass up a great smelling candle. So of course I purchased a Grey Flannel scented candle from Eleventh Candle Co. Check this company out. Their mission is so powerful. Finally, I picked up some AMAZING spicy honey from Combs Bee Farm. I have the most insanely delicious menu item headed to Sentzational at the end of the month incorporating this phenomenal honey.
Farmers Markets are awesome for discovering new, local flavor you may not have been exposed to previously. The makers and purveyors are excited to talk to you, they often times have awesome deals, and lots of samples.
Some tips for a successful farmers market trip. Go hungry but not starving. You will want to try a lot of different things but you don’t want to NEED to try something to satisfy your hunger. Bring cash and credit card to ensure you are always able to purchase something you have your eye on. Finally, go early so you can beat some of the crowd and carve out some time to stroll through the market and stop where you want.
I hope to see you soon at the Farmers Market and I hope you find as much joy in them as I do. Keep an eye on my Instagram and this blog for pictures from my trip and eventually a Sentzational Scottish Review.