Saturday, May 28, 2011

Clintonville Farmers Market


Farmers Market season is in full swing. And boy, have the farmers been busy or what? With all the rain, and the coolish spring we have had, I was VERY impressed with what was on the offer at the infamous Clintonville Farmers Market today.


I know I have to stop comparing life here with life in Northern California. That was then, this is now. However, it is safe to say that the Clintonville folks have got it right. They have a thriving farmers market, regardless of what standard it is compared to. Sure it is lacking the local avocados, and the deep yellowish orange Meyer lemons, or the sweet ripe fresh figs...but what I saw today was impressive. Especially when it is still May.


There were strawberries, and asparagus, mushrooms and grass fed beef, vegan burgers and farm fresh eggs, Ohio maple syrup, honey, and so many plants and flowers I forgot where I actually was!

Needless to say, if you have not visited this wonderful market, you must. It happens every Saturday from now until late fall. Get ready for a lot of great local produce, and artisanal goodies. You can also feel a strong sense of community here, and it was only my first go-round!

Clintonville Farmers Market
The market is located in Clintonville along the west side of North High Street at Dunedin Road between Orchard Lane and Torrence Road. Open Saturdays until Oct 29, 2011.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Taco Truck Dos Rositas


Sunny Saturday for the first time in a while.

We had just frequented the Olde Worthington Farmers Market (whoa - they are pretty serious there. Reminded us of a California farmers market!), and we needed to refuel.


Close to home on the East side of Columbus, there are not as many taco trucks. We had found one before, and were loyal to them during their season last year. They have not returned, at least to their normal site, however.


Today, we found this one: Taqueria Dos Rositas. It is right on Livingston Ave, not far from the intersection with Brice Rd.


We beat the lunch crowd, it felt like, and ate our tacos and burritos in the shade under a tree near the parking lot in the back.


We even had a picnic blanket in the car which made this delicious taco truck lunch the best impromptu picnic in a long time!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Village Valuables

Do you like yard sales?

Getting good deals?

Doing it all in a quaint, friendly, walkable neighborhood?

It was my first time at Village Valuables in German Village. A friend I bumped into there yesterday said "It's a rite of passage" of sorts for being a Columbus resident. And I could see why!

If I didn't have a young-one tagging along with me, asking to go home, to have more breakfast, to please Mommy can we go back...I would have spent all of my Saturday browsing the streets of this quaintest neighborhood in Columbus.

It started early, at 8am, although I am pretty sure that many people had an even earlier start than that.

I didn't do justice in taking pictures of the 'valuables' I saw at dozens of spots that we did manage to stop at. There was pretty much everything under the sun, from clothes, to pottery, to furniture, to books and toys.

The bad news is that we will all have to wait another year for this day to return. But it will be worth the wait!