Sunday, May 8, 2011
Local shopping! Des Moines Farmer's Market 2011
We had a wonderful time at the first Farmer's Market of the year! We started the day early, and boy am I glad we did!
Each Saturday morning the market attracts an average of 18,000 visitors and last year on opening day it broke records and had 30,000 people stop by. 30,000! That's insane!
I love bringing Zeke and he loves it, too. He's just like the rat in Charlotte's Web, sniffing around and begging for food. I'm waiting for him to break out in song and dance...
With too many people there it's just too hard to walk around and enjoy yourself while keeping an eye on a sneaky dog... We have to get there early and beat the crowds. My sister and I got there about 8am and it was already hopping, but it was still easy enough to get around. I bought some asparagus, tomatoes and cinnamon rolls (which, I had to toss because I would have ate the entire pan...) and some artwork. Artwork? Yes, artwork. Check out this adorable little boy selling his drawings for $1! We just had to buy one, so we got one of a dolphin and it is a 2010 original that is now proudly displayed on our refrigerator!
I also got my spinach pupusa that I was craving! Have you ever had a pupusa?
It's a traditional Salvadoran dish made of thick corn tortillas. If you're really snazzy, it's called masa de maize, which is cornmeal dough in Spanish. The cornmeal is filled with cheese and any other filling you may like (I get spinach, my sister gets pork) and then topped with a cabbage slaw and salsa. It is divine! The best place to get it is at this vendor at the market. There's a Salvadoran restaurant in Des Moines (near North HS, for you locals), but it's just not the same. :(
(PS: I haven't completely given up cheese, but I have cut about 85% of it out of my diet. I am already seeing a difference!)
I wish I had snapped a picture of the pupusa, but I gobbled it up too fast. Zeke had a few bites, but I get mine with hot salsa and he doesn't like spicy foods as much as me... ;)
I did get lots of pictures of random stuff... including some leftover artwork from the Drake Relay's street painting. Loved the one pictured above! :)
Do you shop at your local Farmer's Market? It's become one of my favorite things to do over the summer!
Posted by Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields at Sunday, May 08, 2011