Many people are a little wary about buying heirloom tomatoes because they are not the prettiest in the bunch, but as the gentleman at Sharkar Farms will tell you, those weird rings around the tops are not from bugs, but from the sheer awesomeness bursting out of the delicate skins. I knew this already, that heirlooms are more likely to grow faster than their skins, and get tomato stretch marks, but the taste from an heirloom can not be beat. Here is a picture of my tomatoes, and I can guarantee there are no bugs in my garden!
My tomato haul for 1 day - all heirlooms!
The Market had several vendors, and the produce vendors had great variety. There was also a baker from Livonia and a honey seller, also from Livonia. The other farmers were also very pleasant, but I did not get a chance to get names. Anyway, all the vendors were as great as Sharkar Farms!
I picked up quite a lot, including a loaf of fresh sourdough bread, a huge basket of raspberries for fruit roll-ups, red skin potatoes for dried potatoes, heirloom tomatoes for canning sauce, onions and garlic for flavoring my sauces, and the first of Michigan's awesome apples for apple chips. I wanted to buy some of the Cherry Blossom Honey, but I seriously have 5 jars open and going in the cupboard right now. I also picked up a free Southfield Farmer's Market bag for spending $15.00. I actually spent $20.00, which is a great price for all the produce I brought home!
All this and bread too!
Stay tuned for all the projects listed above, and if you are in the Southfield area on Thursdays, 3:00 - 7:00 pm, stop by and support some great farmers.