spreads from Delicious Additions.
It used to be intimidating. I never knew what to buy or whom to buy from. Is this vendor's bread going to be as good as the other's? How do I know how to pick out the best fresh tomatoes? The day I realized that it's all good and it's all going to be ten times better than anything I will find at the grocery store was the day the market became exponentially more fun.
What's more is that everything there is made with the love and dedication only found by people who have a passion for what they do and honestly want to spread healthy, great tasting food while making connections with neighbors and friends.
We used to go out for brunch on Sundays as a weekly ritual. Nowadays, we find ourselves packing into the car around 8:30 Saturday morning and heading up to the market for fresh, home-roasted coffee and handmade pastries. Our daughter, R, is happiest sitting in the wagon, munching away on a scone, while my husband and I stroll around and see what treasures we can find.
This week we stumbled across Grandma Jane's Pies. I don't know who Grandma Jane is, but I want to, even if it's just to kiss the feet of the woman who makes the best tasting pastries I've found in Indianapolis. We picked up a sampler pack of her mini scones for R to munch on. A great farmers market shopping hint for the kiddos: Take advantage of those samples! Vendors love to give them away and kids love taking them. It's their guilty pleasure for the week.
My daughter turns into a ravenous beast anytime food is remotely in the vicinity of her face, but I was able to snag a piece of the chocolate scone before it disappeared. Wow. This buttery, spicy, slightly sweet masterpiece was the best little scone I've had in a very long time. And her Dirty Pie? I blacked out to dessert heaven for the few minutes it took to devour a slice. You have to try it. It's chocolate-ey, gooey, and the crust is flaky and tender enough to make even Alton Brown proud.
By Britney Earwood, Binford Farmers Market customer and volunteer