Sunday, August 29, 2010

Markets and festivals

Well, one thing we certainly like around this part of the country is that their farmer's markets go way later than back in CO. The main one in Durham goes until Thanksgiving, the main one in Raleigh is so big it's indoors and year-round, and there's a lot more than that. It's great! :)

Yesterday we ventured to the Durham Farmer's Market to check it out, and we were impressed. Just to name a few things that we got while at the market: buffalo soup bone (super cheap too, and I can't wait to make some soup with it!!), pecan chewy (to eat while looking at vendors), peppers, fresh edamame and basil. I had a list of things I wanted to get, but then once we were there it morphed a bit because of good deals on certain things like the soup bone. :) Also on the way home, we stopped at a grocery store to get tomatoes, fruit and a few other things to round out of the finds. Overall a successful market, and a good time! :) Did I mention it was SUPER hot out though? We melted a bit with every step... We stayed hydrated though and still had a fabulous time!
The Durham Farmer's Market takes place at this beautiful park.... (Notice it was only established in 2001.)

Then after the market we drove down to Cary, and went to their annual "Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival". It was f.a.n.t.a.s.t.i.c. too. Let me tell you!!!! Even though it was super hot and I don't think I have ever had that much water to drink in my life (at least in that short of a period of time) it was great! It was also huge! Truth be told, we probably didn't even get to half of the vendors and we were there over 2 hours. But once we'd found something for the rocket scientist, something for me and some Christmas presents ... we decided to head back to the ranch. :)

Anyway, this Festival was HUGE! They had expected 50,000 people to be there, and I bet there probably were at least that many. 10 Charter buses were running as shuttles from where you could park at the local mall to the festival. Those buses were running constantly with huge lines of people waiting for them at any given moment. We're not huge fans of crowds...but for something like this we don't mind them so much. And we were so glad that we went to this! There were vendors from Florida to Maine to just about everywhere else in this country there. (As well as local vendors.)

The Arts and Crafts Festival...and a beautiful Church. :)

Anyway, we had a great day spending time outside, around this beautiful part of North Carolina we live in and with each other. :)

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