Jun 4, 2012

Chocolatey Meat

Only in Iowa do the markets deal fudge blocks and jerky strips from the same awning.  If you don't grow it, open-air merchants serve you local vegetables fished from fertile Midwestern soil.  And by fertile, I mean earth enriched with smeared cow dung.  Yum.

I fancy a swarming farmer's market, biked hard the next morning to burn down the breakfast burrito and maize pupusa.  Clogging your data plan with 5 dozen pics:    


The proprietor of this stand paid the marketing company exactly 8 dollars to name the tent







































flash in your face, stranger







Breakfast burritos, wrapped to order:



I want my baby back, baby back...




the berries are smaller, imperfect and sweeter than what you get at the store




"cholesterol klaxon, resist, don't make direct eye contact with the Boston butt"




carbo' loading










suck it, PETA











Gilligan tells me he roasts his own beans, I drained an iced cup to confirm



"go ahead and touch 'em little girls, see what happens next"







stickers on da peppers, not locally grown, caveat emptor


no idea what's going on there, a hot mess of string



at least the Amish ham hocks are safe in the raft when the flood comes



I don't know, they smelled like old lady


there's a man growing outta the pot



correct, they are a techno band



how should we say this..."now you're showing off"










these are for snooty W. Des Moines landfowl


"Pupusas" is Salvadoran for "cankles", best food at the market.  I squatted here for 20 minutes, dazed by the simple beauty of these meat-stuffed corn pillows being built before us.
















that ain't KFC 'slaw




corn husk tamales narrowly beat out the fudgemeat stand







it's not even 10:30 am yet






a cup of hot rice pudding is the straightest line to my heart




"ButterSticks would never hurt anyone"







these things are sweet




we'll be back next weekend



-Beard

38 comments:

  1. You know what PETA really stands for, don't you?

    People Eating Tasty Animals ;-)

    Looks like you had a great time - I would love it if we had something like that near us!

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    1. Ha, that's an oldie by goodie. A lot of people wear t-shirts with the PETA saying at the IA State Fair. And mullets, many mullets and jorts at the Fair.

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  2. Our Saturday Farmers Market is smaller than yours but offers wonderful local produce and heavenly food from spring through fall. I'll brag on our strawberries: currently $10 for six piled-high pints. And the vendor gave me a pint of cherries because I brought him a few dozen empty berry baskets! He sells more out of his pickup near my house, so I can stop off for another half-flat midweek. Later in the season the line for freestone peaches is a block long. Summertime....yum! Thanks for sharing your great pictures.

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    1. I need to find a place around here with cheaper strawberries, 6 bucks for a tiny cluster at our market is a ripoff.

      Properly ripened peaches are my favorite late-summer snack, slice 'em with a shot of half-and-half, yes Ma'am!

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  3. My local farmers market opened this past weekend but I didn't have an opportunity to go. But, I'm pretty sure it is nothing like what you got to enjoy. The midwest sure knows how to do it up!

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    1. Get on that next weekend.

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  4. Best.line.ever.

    "flash in your face stranger" I spit coffee everywhere!

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    1. Flash gal wasn't amused.

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  5. Ah! So jealous. The Farmer's Markets in DC are a rip off ($5/for collard greens) and don't have nearly the same neighborly feel as the one you've pictured here. I never ever in my life considered living in the midwest (I am an east coast city girl after all) but since I started following your blog...I might be convinced to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The Midwest is misunderstood, another hard hitting local blogger:

      http://iowagirleats.com/

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  6. Rachael6/05/2012

    Mmmm, warm rice pudding. With dried cherries? That alone would make this thing worth my time.

    I've never even heard of pupusas but they sound awesomely good!

    I've been a vegetarian for a few years now (I do eat seafood) but I'm not all "in your face" about it. To each his own and I make no judgments. And I must admit that I still salivate when I smell bacon or BBQ or a good steak. Some habits die hard, very hard. :)

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    1. Wrinkly raisins on top, dried cherries would be even better.

      Your blood numbers probably look good with your vegetarian diet, what do you do for protein?

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    2. Rachael6/06/2012

      I eat plenty of fish and lots of beans. Yum!

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  7. Omaha has NOTHING compared to Des Moines. I'd consider a road trip, just for those pupusas!

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    1. The Omaha zoo is the bomb, other than that, I usually leave that town feeling underwhelmed. Pupusa's are calling, come get some!

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  8. I want to go!!
    Great captions, by the way ;)

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    1. Glad somebody caught those, and I'll have a caption contest on the blog sometime.

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  9. Looked like a ton of fun was had!

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    1. You are one sassy mama. Seriously.

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  10. Oh my the food pictures have my tastebuds all aquiver ~ I've been following along with your blog since your fab Young House Love kitchen reveal ~ just poking my head in to say howdy, to Pigtails of course ~ and Beard and Curls too!

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    1. Thanks for making a stop on B&P. There was a neighborhood farmer's market a few blocks from my house tonight, the same papusa stand from the downtown market showed up, yee haw!

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  11. We went here when we were living in WDM couple years ago. Thanks for the lovely pics. Brought back so many memories. I miss Iowa.

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    1. Iowa's a bore growing up, but once you spit kids out your loins, it draws you back in. Hope you can stop back in DSM to visit, the downtown's been rebuilt and is second to none.

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  12. Noticed you got a picture of an Amish man, next time, snap a picture of their food not their faces. They have a thing about photos.

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    1. I looked it up after your note, the Amish forbid photos along the line of Exodus 20:4. He apparently was less irritated than flash gal a dozen photos from the top.

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  13. Michelle McCormick6/05/2012

    I am so lucky to live in So Cal, there are farmers markets on every corner, it's a huge deal out here. There is a little place down the street from our house called "Grower's Direct" that is open 7 days a week with the BEST produce straight from the farm. I barely go to the regular grocery store, and it's awesome that I have the opportunity to shop like I do. Now, if I could just find an Italian market around here like you went to :)

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    1. Michelle McCormick6/05/2012

      Oh, and Grower's Direct is suuuuuuuuuuuuuper cheap. That's the best part! Like, .99 for an entire basket or strawberries, .69 for a pound of onions, $2 for asparagus and .30/lb for lemons or limes. Prices like that, for the freshest produce (oh and the store basically overlooks the ocean, so shopping there is pretty awesome!) makes my heart flutter!!!

      Now on to my hunt for an Italian market in the OC....

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    2. Well now, if it isn't the "Michelle" that forced me to slap a food tab to the top of the blog. Tell me more about this Growers Direct place, how in the heck do they make money on a buck a basket of strawberries? That's a steal, I'd be shopping there once a week to restock the kitchen. I'm starting to look for a local dairy to get direct milk and butter around here. The more I eat the local stuff, the less desire to shop the store bought junk.

      After we do Florida vacation, California is on the list for a future trip.

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  14. Michelle McCormick6/06/2012

    Yep! That would be me!!! :)

    But as far as Grower's Direct, I shop there at least every other day. And I will tell you, the place is ALWAYS packed. Wall to wall people all the time. I'm guessing they make money by the shear bulk of their sales. Seriously, the produce is that cheap, and it tastes amazing. Way different than store bought. I will take some pics and send them to you next time I go so you can see the amazingness that I'm talking about!!

    There's also a couple mom and pop grocery stores with organic stuff for the "other" food essentials. And it seems that everyone we know shops the same way. No one goes to the big grocery store chains around here, that's for the "tourists" lol

    You definitely have to make it out to So Cal. We live in Newport Beach, and all up and down the coast is the beach version of everything you seem to like and blog about. Now, if only I could get my husband to like broccoli and spinach.... sigh.....

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    1. Have you tried drizzling your husband's broc' with Cheez Whiz?

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  15. Wow! That is SOME market! I want to come!! At the very least, I'd better find a weekend to buzz down to our local farmer's market! YAY for summer!

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  16. about the pic. w/profuse flowers...God showing off! I'm constantly blown away by His handy work....in my small patch of yard, five thousand shades of green. (yes, that includes the weeds!)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  17. The dude, girl, and dog pic-"Buttersticks" is the dog? If it's the dude, he looks like he could put a hurtin' on some folks!

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    1. Next time we do the market, I'll yell "Buttersticks" at the imposing dude and report back to you on what happens.

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  18. Now officially starving.

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  19. WDM farmers market looks fantastic! Makes Cedar Falls look a little pale in comparison. I've been meaning to make it to the Des Moines one for the last couple of years, hopefully this is the year!

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    1. Come on down, the market's every Saturday morning 6:00 am to noon.

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