Last Friday, Dave and I made our annual trip to Old Forge, specifically to go to Enchanted Forest/Water Safari. As tradition, we go there for a little over half the day, then wander the town, play putt-putt golf, and stop in to some shops and incredible little cafes. This year, we bought Beardslee an organic cotton collar at the hardware store, Dave "got it in the clown's nose" for a free game (Happy 50th Anniversary to Nutty Putty!), and we had what we like to call a "casual gourmet" meal at one of the cafes on Main Street.
While walking through town, we spotted a sign for the Old Forge Farmers' Market -- which, wouldjyabelieveit, was happening that afternoon. What luck! Plus, it was incredibly close to where we had parked the Kia. Nice! So, our final jaunt of the day would be to a backstreet parking lot filled with all types of vendors.
I think I noticed at least three Amish tents, two local wineries, several farmers selling eggs/meat/veg, and a random maple syrup seller. We ended up coming home with:
- Two bottles of wine (one "Cranberry Bog" (great for the holiday season) and a Riesling (Dave's fave, and I do like my white wines) -- both from the North Country)
- Some maple BBQ sauce (which, FAIL, has ketchup in it -- 2nd ingredient, HFCS...CRAP! And they were such a nice old couple, from quite near Herkimer)
- Incredible Amish bread
- A head o' broccoli
- 5 or 6 pounds (I think the 6th was free) of grass-fed beef (from another familiar name, a Little Falls farm close by; they even gave us tons of ice so that it'd make it home safely)
- And I'm sure something else. Dave would remember; he was the one who had to stop me from purchasing so much. *ahem*
And, it's a good thing I didn't get any zucchini because the next day at my shower, my lovely aunt brought enough for everyone to take...