Tuesday, December 02, 2008
It's December and I already miss the homegrown tomatoes. The two green ones I bought from Rainbow Hill Farm turned red and were eaten two weeks ago. I think I am a tomatoaholic and now have to get back on the dry wagon for the winter. Fortunately for me the pantry is full of tomato sauce and salsas to get me through until late June. I hope.....
If you are a market goer you know what the first weekend of December means! And if you have never been to the Chattanooga Market and you go this weekend you are in for a serious treat! It's the annual Holiday Market at the Chattanooga Market. Vendors will be selling their wares for the last time this weekend. Saturday the market will be open from 10:00-8:00 with lots of festive Christmas music, food and fun. Sunday, the market will be open from 12:00-6:00 and will be celebrating Winter Roast with lots of coffees to try and purchase. Note the time change this year. The market will not be open on Friday night as in years past so the managers extended the hours so everyone can enjoy the festivities.
If you are still maintaining your local challenge and purchasing as much as possible within 100 miles of your home then this weekend is perfect for you. Fresh bread, cookies, cakes, pies, fudge, sauces, jellies and salsas for the foodies while the pampering ones among us can stock up on lotions, potpourri, bath brews, rubs and heat packs for those winter evening aches and pains. Got a blank spot on that Christmas tree? Handmade ornaments may be the answer. Got a hard to buy for relative? How about a fresh wreath, birdhouse, pair of earrings, a copper fountain, or even a hand hewn piece of furniture could fill the stocking of the hardest to buy for. I treated myself to a beautiful handknit scarf a few weeks ago. I get compliments wherever I go and stay cozy too.
Come see us this weekend! Get yourself a warm spiced lemonade and enjoy the last market of the season.