Celebrating Independence Day at the Farmers Market
This morning, after a beautiful run through town and out to Mackworth Island, I decided to take advantage of our glorious, if recently elusive, Maine summer weather, and check out the Portland Farmer's Market. Nestled under the trees in beautiful Deering Oaks Park, the market takes place every Saturday from April through October, 7:00 a.m. to noon.
A festive atmosphere prevailed at the Market today. It felt like the first real day of summer, given Maine's June weather that featured day after day of rain, fog, and chill damp air. Independence Day brought blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and a happy crowd to the park.
Even early in the summer, by Maine standards, the flowers and herbs were lush and beautiful. Must be all that rain.
So many local farms and growers were represented. Maine has an abundance of committed farmers supplying us with produce of extraordinary quality.
While sometimes more expensive than chain store produce, the Farmer's Market choices are well worth a few pennies more.
These musicians played all morning and kept the party vibe front and center.
You meet the nicest people in the Park. I ran into my son, Tim, on his Mobiky folding bike. Tim and his partner, Jake, are vegans who can be found at the Market every Saturday.
What could be better than locally grown strawberries on the 4th of July?
Time to head home. Tim's tiny collapsible bike fits easily into my tiny semi-collapsible MiniCooper.
Hope you all have a fabulous 4th!