Wednesday, January 30, 2008

What Was Local in Ann Arbor

Signs of Ann Arbor Farmer's Market - January 19, 2007

Wanna know how cold it was. Too frigid for apples. One farmer stood in the cold; when a hearty customer arrived, she would bang on the truck door. Her partner, with the better end of the deal, would pass along a bag from the stash. Cold.

How cold. Cold enough that we bought 3 bison meat patties outta sympathy.

The Ann Arbor Farmer's Market runs year round. On a very cold day in early January, 2008, there were five vendors. Two selling apple and apple based products, one with eggs, one with bison and one with lettuce grown in a hoop house.

The Ann Arbor Farmer's Market is at 315 Detroit Street. It can be a bit tricky to get as the streets in the Kerrytown section of Ann Arbor diverge from the greater grid of the city; plus there are several one way streets. It's a prime foodie zone, not just because five vendors will brave bitter cold, but there's also Zingerman's, Sparrow Meat, which is a great source for Michigan dried beans as well as dry aged meat--we picked up a 3 month aged porterhouse for $7.99/lb, a goddamn steal; and Tracklement's, which is not local in source, but local in production, and perhaps the premier smoker of salmon, both hot and cold smoked, in the USA.

1 comment:

jen maiser said...

Oh my. I feel badly for how much I am laughing at the apples story. Sounds like fun!