- Being at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market makes me feel happy and smiley
- Meat and eggs are expensive, but fruits and veggies are super cheap!
- The grocery store is dead to me
I didn't really know what to expect. I had heard the CRFM was "overwhelming". Luckily, a great friend of mine, Sarah, gave me a full rundown of the highlights which was a huge help. There are four large narrow warehouse-like buildings and one large open-air "greenery shed" (which was empty on this February Saturday). Building A is open-air as well, and at 10:30 AM only had one food stand and the Harvest Moon Grill truck (What up HMG!!!)
|Image courtesy of http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/charlotte/|
I stood on the periphery of Building A looking stupefied for a while. Did I miss everyone? After a moment, I finally spotted some people entering an inconspicuous entrance to Building B. I creepily trailed them in.
What an awesome sight: Booth after booth of gorgeous looking veggies, fruit, gourmet breads, jams, MEATS, eggs....I again just stood there stupefied, deciding where to start.
|Loving me some Building B|
I started with the Oak Ridge Farm booth and picked up some brown eggs for 4 dollars - a bit steep but Sarah had advised me not to miss the eggs. And skipping ahead to the eggs-over-easy I made when I got home...OMG she was right. More on that in a few.
Next, a meat stand caught my eye. It was Gilcrest Natural Farm, and they had a nice selection of meats - mainly steaks. I was planning to get a couple of sirloins to keep the cost down, but after inspecting the frozen cuts I settled on a good-sized NY Strip that my hubbie and I could share for 13 dollars.
A few stands down, I spotted a board listing a wide variety of pork products! Score! I went with two ginormous pork chops and a package of fresh pork bacon, which came to 17 dollars. Thank you A Way of Life Farm!
I decided it was probably a good idea to supplement my copious proteins with some sides. I stopped at J&S produce and got some red and while new potatoes for 1.80!! Lastly I stopped at Red Kapps Produce where I picked up some nice thick asparagus and some girthy (heh) bananas - for 3 bucks total.
|All my finds - roughly 40 bucks|
To date I have only tried a few of my delicious acquisitions. Within moments of getting home I made some eggs-over-easy and some bacon. As I stated above - the eggs were beautiful...dark yellow yolks which were rich and deeply flavored and uber-creamy. I am not embarassed to share that I licked the plate.
|Breakfast of champions!|
So, my dear friends and followers...I need some advice on the bacon.
|Pork Fresh Bacon|
|Lauren's happy place|