When I saw the sign for the Ballyvaughan Farmer's Market, my eyes lit up, my stomach growled, and I made it a point to make it on my first Saturday in town. The market did not disappoint.
I knew I needed some more fresh vegetables for the week, I was out of eggs, and I could use a few apples. So, after carefully examining each booth, I decided to make a stop at 3 separate booths. Some sellers have the same items, but I wanted to spread the love a little bit.
At the first booth, an older man sold me two red onions, two white onions, and 6 farm fresh eggs. He lives just below Burren College of Art, but is originally from Dublin. Such a kind and welcoming man, funny too--he asked if I'd met any nice Irish men yet. I told him that all the Irish men that I've met have been nice!
The second booth led by another man, was overflowing with carrots, parsnips, and beets. I purchased a bunch of carrots and a bunch of parsnips. We chatted about cycling and finding a car as he placed my items in a large white sack.
My final stop included the purchase of three apples and a small bag of cherry tomatoes. Two of the apples were dessert apples and one was a baking apple. The lady serving the booth told me that dessert apples can be eaten fresh or baked, but baking apples should only be baked. I sprinkled some cinnamon on one of the dessert apples and baked it for about 20 minutes for dessert tonight. I would definitely do it again!
The Farmer's Market was a great way to meet a few locals and fill up on some beautiful fresh food. In my opinion, there are few things better in life than fresh eggs and produce.