Happy Saturday! :D

My Mom and I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed, and headed off to the Farmer’s Market for the morning!

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The week long heat wave seems to have FINALLY passed, and a thick layer of clouds helped it almost feel like an early Fall morning. Almost!

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The produce was as bountiful and colorful as ever.

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For the first time this summer, I spied okra everywhere. I have no idea what I’m going to do with the .33lbs of it that I bought, but I’m pretty sure okra-loving Kath will have some sort of recipe I can try!

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There were also bright, vibrant zucchini blossoms popping up. Now those, I wouldn’t even begin to know what to do with. Usually they’re stuffed and fried. You know I like to stuff things, but frying? Eh, I’ll leave it to the professionals. ;)

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Summer Harvest in full swing!

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In the middle of the summer harvest were some butternut and acorn squash which, I’ll admit, kind of made me excited for Fall… Butternut Squash Ravioli with Walnut Butter & Bacon, anyone? ;)

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Of course there was LOADS of sweet corn, which my Mom and I split a baker’s dozen of.

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And my favorite goat cheese stand was back after a few weeks away – Reichart’s Dairy Air!

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So many choices of smooth, tangy, mouth-watering cheeses to choose from.

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I’ve tried the plain and chive, so this time I went with Sundried Tomato & Basil.

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The woman who owns the dairy farm said the cheese is made from the goat’s milk the day after they’re milked. Fresh as can be!

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Now I just have to think of a way to use it (besides on a spoon and directly into my mouth. ;) )

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Ok, Fall was definitely in the air, because our favorite iron-welded sculpture company (what, you don’t have a favorite iron-welded sculpture company?!) had all their Halloween and Fall-themed goods out.

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It was hard convincing my Mom not to buy it all!

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This was new – a little monkey swinging from it’s tail!

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My heart will always belong to the flying pig though. SO CUTE.

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Ok, I really like the snails too. ;)

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The late-season flowers were stopping traffic they were so beautiful.

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Every third person I passed had a bright, beautiful bouquet tucked inside their market bag.

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PINK! :D

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Of course we had samples, including nut butters!

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I tried all three, natch.

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Some fresh fruit.

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Including yellow watermelon! 

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It was the craziest thing ever! People kept asking the woman working the booth – "what’s that yellow watermelon looking thing?" Every time she’d say "Yellow watermelon." HA! It tasted just the same as the pink kind – so crazy!

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Oh, and an apple cider doughnut sample. As unbelievable as it sounds. ;)

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On the way out, we saw Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley makin’ the rounds. He’s a good ‘ol farm boy, and I like him. Although he did admit last year that he’s never used an ATM, which was pretty horrifying.

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After the market I went to DSW to get a pair of walking shoes for Italy. These are Anne Klein and they are SO comf!

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This afternoon Ben and I are headed to a local sweet corn festival (freaking out!!!! :mrgreen: ) Then we’re celebrating the fact that we won’t grill ourselves by being outside by grilling some steaks for dinner!

Hope your Saturday is going well! :D